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Reershemius, Gertrud. 2012. Research cultures and the pragmatic functions of humor in academic research presentations: A corpus-assisted analysis. Journal of Pragmatics 44 (6-7) : 863–875.
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This study of the function and distribution of humor in academic research presentations, drawing on a corpus of English, German, and Polish spoken academic discourse, attests to the use of humor as an expression of discourse reflexivity, whereas notable differences in its quantitative distribution, according to the presenters' educational, linguistic, and cultural background, validate the notion of distinct research cultures.