Sarah Seewoester Cain

List of John Benjamins publications for which Sarah Seewoester Cain plays a role.


This paper explores teasing – a type of humorous play associated with intimate, everyday conversation – during televised comedy monologue performances. Thirteen teasing instances, which occurred during joke setup sequences and targeted studio audiences, were transcribed/analyzed alongside videos… read more
The current paper explores this vital role of studio audience during the introductory stand-up performance of Conan O’Brien, host of the late night US talk show CONAN. Unlike live stand-up audiences, studio audiences occupy a unique space, especially in terms of the participation framework. Their… read more
Central to the pragmatic study of puns are their underlying linguistic mechanisms which enable the ambiguity of meaning. This study explores the role of syllabic and morphological mechanisms in humorous pun formation. While traditional approaches to humorous ambiguity formation focus on the sound,… read more