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Furukawa, Toshiaki. 2010. Intertextuality, mediation, and members’ categories in focus groups on humor. Pragmatics and Society 1 (2) : 257–283.
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John Benjamins
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This paper extends studies on intertextuality into a more explicitly interactional context. It examines the actual process of intertextuality where comedy audiences construct recombinant selves through making sense of various membership categories as well as through making sense of a certain kind of comedy. The examination of this process requires receptive research; however, most studies leave the interpretive process unanalyzed. Conducting both a sequential analysis and a membership categorization analysis will reveal that categories are not “pre-formed” but “per-formed” in situ. To illustrate these points, the paper reports on a receptive study of Local comedy in Hawai‘i.