The Multimodal Performance of Conversational Humor

Elisa Gironzetti | University of Maryland
ISBN 9789027210999 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027257857 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This volume is the first monograph exploring the functions of visual cues in humor, advocating for the development of a non-linguocentric theory of humor performance. It analyzes a corpus of dyadic, face-to-face interactions in Spanish and English to study the relationship between humor, smiling, and gaze, and shows how, by focusing on these elements, it is possible to shed light on the “unsaid” of conversations.
In the book, the humorous framing of an utterance is shown to be negotiated and co-constructed dialogically and multimodally, through changes and patterns of smiling synchronicity, smiling intensity, and eye movements. The study also analyzes the multimodal features of failed humor and proposes a new categorization from a dialogic perspective.
Because of its interdisciplinary approach, which includes facial expression analysis and eye tracking, this book is relevant to humor researchers as well as scholars in social and behavioral sciences interested in multimodality and embodied cognition.
[Figurative Thought and Language, 13] 2022.  xix, 235 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This book is an important contribution to studies of humor, eye-tracking, embodied communication, and multimodality in its broadest aspect, filling to some extent the existing gap in these studies and opening the way to new lines of research within the broad field of the relationship between conversation and humor.”
“I would strongly recommend this volume not only to scholars in humour studies, but also to scholars in other fields given the broadening of perspectives it might trigger. It is a very accessible book also to non-experts or students since throughout the book every tackled topic is introduced by a comprehensive and, at the same time, concise and pleasant-to-read review, methodologies are carefully explained and results clearly interpreted. I really enjoyed reading this work and I thank the author for this, since it has already been an incredibly useful resource also for my own work not necessarily related to smiling, gaze or humour.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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