Publication details [#61806]

Kang, Byongchang. 2016. Metaphor and its humorousness: The case of nominal compounds in German. Humor 29 (3) : 359–380.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


Considering the nominal compound as one of the smallest verbal humor lexical units, this inquiry aims to differentiate this from metaphorical humor debates on particular sentence-level constructions. Humor in metaphor-based German nominal compounds is yielded by the device that generates and settles the inanity between textual and non literal meaning of the overall compound, assisted by a set of the compound's meaning building types.