The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes


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This book starts from three observations. First, the use of humour is a complex, puzzling, and idiosyncratically human form of behaviour (and hence is of scientific interest). Second, there is currently no theory of how humour works. Third, one useful step towards a theory of humour is to analyze humorous items in precise detail, in order to understand their mechanisms. The author begins by considering how to study jokes rigorously: the assumptions to make, the guidelines to follow and the pitfalls to avoid. A critique of ...

The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes 2003, Routledge, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780415309837


The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes 2002, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9781138008731

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