The Dynamics of Interactional Humor

Creating and negotiating humor in everyday encounters

| Democritus University of Thrace
| Masaryk University, Brno
ISBN 9789027200006 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027264626 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This book deals with the construction of diverse forms of humor in everyday oral, written, and mediatized interactions. It sheds light on the differences and, most importantly, the similarities in the production of interactional humor in face-to-face and various technology-mediated forms of communication, including scripted and non-scripted situations. The chapters analyze humor-related issues in such genres as spontaneous conversations, broadcast dialogues, storytelling, media blogs, bilingual conversations, stand-up comedy, TV documentaries, drama series, family sitcoms, Facebook posts, and internet memes. The individual authors trace how speakers collaboratively circulate, reconstruct, and (re)frame either personal or public accounts of reality, aiming –among other things– to produce and/or reproduce humor. Rather than being “finished” products with a “single” interpretation, humorous texts are thus approached as dynamic communicative events that give rise to diverse interpretations and meanings. The book draws on a variety of up-to-date approaches and methodologies, and will appeal to scholars in discourse analysis, conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, pragmatics, ethnography of communication, and social semiotics.
[Topics in Humor Research, 7]  2018.  vi, 316 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Investigating the dynamics of humor: Towards a theory of interactional humor
Jan Chovanec and Villy Tsakona
Part 1. Designing humor in oral interactions
Chapter 2. Reactions to jab lines in conversational storytelling
Rania Karachaliou and Argiris Archakis
Chapter 3. Discourse markers as guides to understanding spontaneous humor and irony
Ksenia Shilikhina
Chapter 4. The pragmatics of humor in bilingual conversations
Marianthi Georgalidou and Hasan Kaili
Chapter 5. Laughing at you or laughing with you? Humor negotiation in intercultural stand-up comedy
Margherita Dore
Chapter 6. Teasing as audience engagement: Setting up the unexpected during television comedy monologues
Sarah Seewoester Cain
Part 2. Designing humor in mediated interactions
Chapter 7. Laughter and non-humorous situations in TV documentaries
Jan Chovanec
Chapter 8. “Cool children” and “super seniors” cross into youth language: Humorous constructions of youthfulness in Greek family sitcoms
Theodora P. Saltidou and Anastasia G. Stamou
Chapter 9. No child’s play: A philosophical pragmatic view of overt pretense as a vehicle for conversational humor
Marta Dynel
Chapter 10. Online joint fictionalization
Villy Tsakona
Chapter 11. On-line humorous representations of the 2015 Greek national elections: Acting and interacting about politics on social media
Anna Piata
Chapter 12. Positive non-humorous effects of humor on the internet
Francisco Yus
List of contributors
“A significant contribution to the study of humor performance (as opposed to competence) within a broad interactionist framework. Applications to a variety of genres, contexts, and situations mean that the book will be of interest to most researchers in humor studies.”
“By taking seriously the notion of humor as a social practice that is embedded in and inextricable from its sociocultural context, this volume sets the stage for future inquiry into the joint construction of playful communication in face-to-face, as well as mediated, interaction.”
“Indeed a dynamic collection, this volume presents a view of humor from a number of disparate perspectives. It is a useful and well-balanced collection of pragmatic approaches illuminating the multifaceted nature of humour. The organisation of the volume into oral face-to-face and electronically mediated humorous interactions enables the reader to engage with both the striking similarities but also the differences engendered by the choice of modality. Bringing together philosophical, pragmatic and sociolinguistic approaches to humorous phenomena, while developing theoretical perspectives using case studies, the volume is a worthy contribution to a burgeoning and complex field of enquiry.”
“This collection ambitiously envisions an integrated, dynamic treatment of humorous interactions in diverse contexts, and it contributes significantly to this goal. Must reading for humor scholars.”
“The volume should be read by humour scholars and even humour producers, as it reunites valuable insights from different theoretical perspectives (pragmatics, sociolinguistics, ethnolinguistics, philosophy, etc.). The well-balanced and coherent construction of the volume highlights the importance of broadening the notion of interaction in humour studies: according to Bakhtin’s dialogic principle, any communicative form, be it written or oral, presupposes an interaction between producer/speaker and receiver/hearer.”
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Cited by 3 other publications

Chovanec, Jan
2018.  In The Pragmatics of Irony and Banter [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 30],  pp. 165 ff. Crossref logo
Logi, Lorenzo & Michele Zappavigna
2021. Impersonated personae – paralanguage, dialogism and affiliation in stand-up comedy. HUMOR 34:3  pp. 339 ff. Crossref logo
Zawiszová, Halina
2018.  In On ´doing friendship´ in and through talk: Exploring conversational interactions of Japanese young people, Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017045530 | Marc record