This essay sets out to explore a positive aspect of bilingual cross-cultural couples in long term relationships, namely the occurrence of what is considered a harmonious factor: humour. The results of a purpose-built questionnaire completed by 59 couples sheds light on a series of socio and psycholinguistic aspects of their daily relationship including language choice and attitudes in the domain of the couples’ ludic interaction, such as when they joke with each other verbally and their use of humorous talk. This essay reports the findings of the processed data that emerged from the questionnaires as well as qualitative data deriving from a series of semi-structured interviews. I love you, I love you , I love you, that’s all I want to say, until I find a way, I will say the only words I know that you’ll understand, my Michelle. (Lennon-McCartney)
2021. The variable of gender and its interplay with mother tongue in the humor and laughter of bilingual couples. HUMOR 34:4 ► pp. 589 ff.
Chen, Xuemei & Jean-Marc Dewaele
2019. The relationship between English proficiency and humour appreciation among English L1 users and Chinese L2 users of English. Applied Linguistics Review 10:4 ► pp. 653 ff.
2021. “If we don’t quarrel, we joke”: Emic perspectives on Belarusian families’ humorous folklore. HUMOR 34:1 ► pp. 1 ff.
2018. L1 + L2 to the power of culture: acculturation and language use for cognitive domains in bilinguals. Language and Cognition 10:2 ► pp. 266 ff.
Hofmann, Jennifer & Frank A. Rodden
2019. Representing, Detecting, and Translating Humour in the Brain. In The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism, ► pp. 335 ff.
2021. Humor competence in English as a second or foreign language. Zbornik radova Pedagoskog fakulteta Uzice :23 ► pp. 91 ff.
Shively, Rachel L., Juan Acevedo, Rocio Cano & Izadi Etxeberria-Ortego
2022. Teaching humorous irony to L2 and heritage speakers of Spanish. Language Teaching Research 26:2 ► pp. 279 ff.
2016. Teasing in informal contexts in English as an Asian lingua franca. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 5:2 ► pp. 249 ff.
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2021. When the Heart Speaks. In Life as a Bilingual, ► pp. 211 ff.
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