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Vincent Marrelli, Jocelyne. 1994. On Non-Serious Talk: Some Cross-Cultural Remarks on the (Un)importance of (not) Being Earnest. In Parret, Herman, ed. Pretending to Communicate. (Foundations of communication and cognition). Walter de Gruyter. pp. 253–275.
Publication type
Article in book
Publication language
Language as a subject


This paper examines the notion of seriousness/non-seriousness in talk and characterizes non-playful and playful non-seriousness. Comparison is made between British and Italian cultural styles.