Humor in Interaction
This is the first edited volume dedicated specifically to humor in interaction. It is a rich collection of essays by an international array of scholars representing various theoretical perspectives, but all concerned with interactional aspects of humor. The contributors are scholars active both in the interdisciplinary area of humor studies and in adjacent disciplines such as linguistic pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, gender and translation studies. The volume effectively offers an overview of the range of phenomena falling in the broad category of ‘conversational humor’, and convincingly argues for the many different functions humor can fulfill, bypassing simplistic humor theories reducing humor to one function. All the articles draw on empirical material from different countries and cultures, comprising conversations among friends and family, talk in workplace situations, humor in educational settings, and experimental approaches to humor in interaction. The book is sure to become an important reference and source of inspiration for scholars in the various subfields of humor studies, pragmatics and (socio-)linguistics.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 182] 2009. xvii, 238 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Introduction: Humor and interactionNeal R. Norrick and Delia Chiaro | pp. ix–xvii
Part I: Conversation among friends and family
The occasioning of self-disclosure humorSusan M. Ervin-Tripp and Martin Lampert | pp. 3–28
Direct address as a resource for humorNeal R. Norrick and Claudia Bubel | pp. 29–48
An interactional approach to irony developmentHelga Kotthoff | pp. 49–78
Multimodal and intertextual humor in the media reception situation: The case of watching football on TVCornelia Gerhardt | pp. 79–98
Part II: Doing gender with humor in talk at work
Using humor to do masculinity at workStephanie Schnurr and Janet Holmes | pp. 101–124
Boundary-marking humor: Institutional, gender and ethnic demarcation in the workplaceBernadette Vine, Susan Kell, Meredith Marra and Janet Holmes | pp. 125–140
Part III: Failed humor and its interactional effects
Impolite responses to failed humorNancy D. Bell | pp. 143–164
Failed humor in conversation: A double voicing analysisBéatrice Priego-Valverde | pp. 165–184
Part IV: Humor in bilingual interactions
Humor and interlanguage in a bilingual elementary school settingKristin Kersten | pp. 187–210
Cultural divide or unifying factor? Humorous talk in the interaction of bilingual, cross-cultural couplesDelia Chiaro | pp. 211–232
Name index | pp. 233–235
Subject index | pp. 237–238
“This fascinating volume offers a range of perspectives on humour in interaction, in contexts as diverse as the home, the workplace and the school, and also in experimental settings. The resulting collection will be an invaluable resource for scholars, and makes a significant contribution to the development of the burgeoning field of language and humour studies.”
Jennifer Coates, Professor of English Language & Linguistics, Roehampton University London
“Most theoretical models of verbal humor are text-oriented. In contrast, the present interactional approach is speaker- and listener-oriented. Every paper in this volume demonstrates practical ways of collecting and interpretinginteractional data. An interactional approach allows an interdisciplinary description of how humor functions in discourse. This empirical groundedness shows that humor is an important linguistic tool in our everyday interaction. It serves multiple functions, such as construction of complex social identities or in-group affiliation. People draw on humor to construct their identities or to create intertextual connections. An interactional approach to humor emphasizes that any use of humor can be understood only in a particular context.”
Ksenia Shilikhina, Voronezh State University, on Linguist List 21.3430 (2011)
“This study of reality humor deserves the attention of those studying social interaction.”
P.L. Derks, emeritus, College of William and Mary, in Choice, Vol. 41 No.11 (2010)
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Canestrari, Carla & Ivana Bianchi
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2018. Chapter 7. Laughter and non-humorous situations in TV documentaries. In The Dynamics of Interactional Humor [Topics in Humor Research, 7], ► pp. 155 ff.
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Freed, Alice F.
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Moores, Brandon Alexander
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2023. Political-electoral memes and interactional humour on Twitter. In The Pragmatics of Humour in Interactive Contexts [Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 335], ► pp. 32 ff.
2018. Chapter 11. On-line humorous representations of the 2015 Greek national elections. In The Dynamics of Interactional Humor [Topics in Humor Research, 7], ► pp. 257 ff.
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Main BIC Subject
CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General