Publication details [#58856]

Lundquist, Lita. 2014. Danish humor in cross-cultural professional settings: linguistic and social aspects. Humor 27 (1) : 141–163.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This study employs a linguistic and Elias' historico-sociological framework to explain why Danes and non-Danes judge Danish professional humor as (self-)ironic, sarcastic, and direct, without limits or taboos. A Linguistic account is based on the typical dialogical particles of the Nordic languages generally, Elias argues that Danish historical civilization process has generated a “campfire mentality”, resulting in an equalitarian welfare state and low power distance work relationships. Finally, Danish humor is related to Danes' low level of gelotophobia, the fear of being ridiculed.