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Aharoni, Ron. 2018. Shifting from meaning to its carrier: a common denominator for three strains of humour. The European Journal of Humour Research 6 (3) : 13–29.
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The European Journal of Humour Research


This article sets that oft the humor game is not played between two meanings, but between meaning and its bearer, and gives as examples two joke families (on self-reference and symbol deflation) and one general humour type sharing this motion. The mechanism common to all three is a weight shift from meaning to its bearer.