While humor in everyday conversation has been acknowledged widely as an area of linguistic research, failed humor has not received much linguistic attention. This paper describes unperceived humor and rejected humor, analyzing several examples from a conversational corpus using the double voicing approach according to Bakhtin. Unperceived humor can quickly lead to misunderstandings such as a joke being understood as a verbal attack. Rejected humor, on the other hand, is perceived but purposely ignored by one or several of the listeners, for instance in order to continue the discourse as planned. In both cases, the difference in mode of speech (bona fide communication versus non-serious communication) can be considered a major reason for the failure of humor.
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Goke, Ryan & Maranda Berndt
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2016. Taboo infringement and layered comedy: a linguistic analysis of convolution in Gervais and Merchant'sLife's Too Short. Comedy Studies 7:2 ► pp. 152 ff.
Kwon, Winston, Rowan Mackay, Ian Clarke, Ruth Wodak & Eero Vaara
2020. Testing, stretching, and aligning: Using ‘ironic personae’ to make sense of complicated issues. Journal of Pragmatics 166 ► pp. 44 ff.
2017. „auch so ne lustige Geschichte“. In (Un)Komische Wirklichkeiten, ► pp. 299 ff.
Ladilova, Anna & Ulrike Schröder
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Mak, Bernie Chun Nam, Yiqi Liu & Christopher Charles Deneen
2012. Humor in the workplace: A regulating and coping mechanism in socialization. Discourse & Communication 6:2 ► pp. 163 ff.
2015. Intercultural strategies to co‐construct and interpret humor. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 25:3 ► pp. 366 ff.
2013. Heteroglossia as a resource for reflexive participation in a community of Christian snowboarders in Finland. Journal of Sociolinguistics 17:3 ► pp. 297 ff.
2021. Failed humor in conversation: disalignment and (dis)affiliation as a type of interactional failure. HUMOR 34:4 ► pp. 613 ff.
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