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Ladegaard, Hans J. 2013. Laughing at Adversity: Laughter as Communication in Domestic Helper Narratives. Journal of Language and Social Psychology 32 (4) : 390–411.
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SAGE Publications


This paper explores selected summaries from female foreign domestic helpers' traumatic narratives, as told in a Hong Kong church shelter, concentrating on the functions of laughter (in distress). It presents a model conveying the tragi-comic life experience span, as a means for further in-depth research on laughter in discourse.