Understanding Language through Humor

Utilizing cartoons and jokes illustrating linguistic concepts, this book makes it easy to understand these concepts, while keeping the reader's attention and interest.

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Author: Stanley Dubinsky

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139496940

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Students often struggle to understand linguistic concepts through examples of language data provided in class or in texts. Presented with ambiguous information, students frequently respond that they do not 'get it'. The solution is to find an example of humour that relies on the targeted ambiguity. Once they laugh at the joke, they have tacitly understood the concept, and then it is only a matter of explaining why they found it funny. Utilizing cartoons and jokes illustrating linguistic concepts, this book makes it easy to understand these concepts, while keeping the reader's attention and interest. Organized like a course textbook in linguistics, it covers all the major topics in a typical linguistics survey course, including communication systems, phonetics and phonology, morphemes, words, phrases, sentences, language use, discourses, child language acquisition and language variation, while avoiding technical terminology.

101 American English Riddles

Humorous riddles with comic illustrations help ESL students gain new insights into American language and culture.

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Author: Harry Collis

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 0844256064

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 144

View: 599

Humorous riddles with comic illustrations help ESL students gain new insights into American language and culture. Each riddle is accompanied by text that helps students grasp and master the underlying linguistic and cultural reasons why the joke is funny.

Understanding Humor through Communication

Understanding Humor through Communication explores theories of humor origin as well as humor functions in human groups and societies through communication.

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Author: John C. Meyer

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498503174

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 114

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Understanding Humor through Communication explores theories of humor origin as well as humor functions in human groups and societies through communication. A model of humor decision by individuals is detailed, followed by humor’s emergence in communication. Elements of humor sources (incongruity, superiority, and relief), humor intent (comic or tragic perspectives), and humor perception (ego-involvement, script awareness, bona-fide messages, and non-bona-fide messages) are incorporated. Persuasive, organizational, and interpersonal settings involving humor are explored in depth to consider its functions. The individual choice to experience humor is detailed in its effects, as are the social implications of widespread humor desired and invoked in human society. Understanding Humor through Communication will appeal to scholars of communication, psychology, and sociology.

101 Spanish Riddles

In many cases, a dialogue or narrative presents the key vocabulary in a contemporary everyday context, for which translations are included at the back of the book.

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Author: Rafael Falcón

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 0658015052

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 144

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Riddles are an essential component of Hispanic humor and folklore. 101 Spanish Riddles presents a fun and entertaining way to expand your knowledge of both Spanish language and culture. Some riddles rhyme, some play on words, some require lateral thinking, and some provide the answer in the question. Organized into ten thematic sections, each riddle is accompanied by a humorous illustration, an English translation, and the answer. In many cases, a dialogue or narrative presents the key vocabulary in a contemporary everyday context, for which translations are included at the back of the book.

Understanding Humor in Japan

tions between the joker and others are considered appropriate in Iapanese
culture and language. From this flows the convention that, under normal
circumstances, joking and humor occur only in the closer types of relationships.

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Author: Jessica Milner Davis

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814340912

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Japanese conventions about comedy and laughter are largely unanalyzed. For many students of Japanese culture and visitors to Japan, Japanese humor seems obscure, incomprehensible, paradoxical, and even nonexistent. By bringing together scholarly insights and original research by both Japanese and non-Japanese experts, Jessica Milner Davis bridges the differences between humor in Japan and the West and examines the entire spectrum of Japanese humor, from ancient traditions and surviving rituals of laughter to norms of joke-telling in ordinary conversation in Japan and America. For anyone interested in Japan, Japanese culture, and humor studies, Understanding Humor in Japan is an important teaching tool. It provides accessible, illustrative examples of humor in both Japanese and English with explanations of their meaning and cultural significance. Scholarly yet readable, these essays offer intelligent discussion on such topics as the Japanese delight in wordplay, the comic content of Japanese newspapers, the role of film and television in developing Japanese stand-up comedy, and formal censorship and its impact on humorous writing and self-expression in Japan. Understanding Humor in Japan breaks new ground in the study of humor and sheds light on much that is taken for granted about the role of laughter in civilized societies.

The Local Construction of a Global Language

made (that is, as a locus for the articulation of language ideologies) can help us
understand such humor as a critical site ... looking at how speakers construct the
relative status and social meaning of languages through humor can help us see ...

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Author: Joseph Sung-Yul Park

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110214079

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 285

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In South Korea, English is a language of utmost importance, sought with an unprecedented zeal as an indispensable commodity in education, business, popular culture, and national policy. This book investigates how the status of English as a hegemonic language in South Korea is constructed through the mediation of language ideologies in local discourse. Adopting the framework of language ideology and its current developments, it is argued that English in Korean society is a subject of deep-rooted ambiguities, with multiple and sometimes conflicting ideologies coexisting within a tension-ridden discursive space. The complex ways in which these ideologies are reproduced, contested, and negotiated through specific metalinguistic practices across diverse sites ultimately contribute to a local realization of the global hegemony of English as an international language. Through its insightful analysis of metalinguistic discourse in language policy debates, cross-linguistic humor, television shows, and face-to-face interaction, The Local Construction of a Global Language makes an original contribution to the study of language and globalization, proposing an innovative analytic approach that bridges the gap between the investigation of large-scale global forces and the study of micro-level discourse practices.

But Will it Work with Real Students

But humor can bring people together by establishing a sense of community or a
feeling of collegiality , and it is a creative , sophisticated expression of discourse .
Through humor , students can begin to understand language use ( and ...

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Author: Janet Alsup

Publisher: National Council of Teachers

ISBN: STANFORD:36105113491562

Category: Education

Page: 189

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Encyclopedia of Humor Studies

This two-volume set is available in both print and electronic formats. Features & Benefits: The General Editor also serves as Editor-in-Chief of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research for The International Society for Humor Studies.

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Author: Salvatore Attardo

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483364704

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 984

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The Encyclopedia of Humor: A Social History explores the concept of humor in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. This work’s scope encompasses the humor of children, adults, and even nonhuman primates throughout the ages, from crude jokes and simple slapstick to sophisticated word play and ironic parody and satire. As an academic social history, it includes the perspectives of a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, child development, social psychology, life style history, communication, and entertainment media. Readers will develop an understanding of the importance of humor as it has developed globally throughout history and appreciate its effects on child and adult development, especially in the areas of health, creativity, social development, and imagination. This two-volume set is available in both print and electronic formats. Features & Benefits: The General Editor also serves as Editor-in-Chief of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research for The International Society for Humor Studies. The book’s 335 articles are organized in A-to-Z fashion in two volumes (approximately 1,000 pages). This work is enhanced by an introduction by the General Editor, a Foreword, a list of the articles and contributors, and a Reader’s Guide that groups related entries thematically. A Chronology of Humor, a Resource Guide, and a detailed Index are included. Each entry concludes with References/Further Readings and cross references to related entries. The Index, Reader’s Guide themes, and cross references between and among related entries combine to provide robust search-and-browse features in the electronic version. This two-volume, A-to-Z set provides a general, non-technical resource for students and researchers in such diverse fields as communication and media studies, sociology and anthropology, social and cognitive psychology, history, literature and linguistics, and popular culture and folklore.

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar

Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar... is an irreverent crash course through the great thinkers and traditions.

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Author: Daniel Klein

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781786070197

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Here’s an accusation – Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything. When it comes to language, it all depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is. And one for the existentialists – you haven’t lived until you think about death all the time. Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart take philosophy to task with flair and gusto in this wise and hilarious treasure of a book. Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar... is an irreverent crash course through the great thinkers and traditions. It’s philosophy for everyone, from the curious layperson to the professor who’s seen it all. Klein and Cathcart have the knack of getting to the core of an issue in a crystal clear line, meaning there’s more room for jokes – good jokes, clever jokes, jokes that’ll have you laughing so hard the people nearby will shoot you strange looks. It’s the philosophy class you wish you’d had and finally, it all makes sense!

Social and Cultural Aspects of Language Learning in Study Abroad

“I joke you don't” Second language humor and intercultural identity construction
Maria Shardakova Indiana University This chapter ... The study focused on the
relationship between intended identities claimed by American learners of
Russian through humor, and their received identities ... what identity claims they
make through humor, and whether their interlocutors understand and uphold
these claims.

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Author: Celeste Kinginger

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027271839

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

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The papers in this volume offer a sampling of contemporary efforts to update the portrayal of study abroad in the applied linguistics literature through attention to its social and cultural aspects. The volume illustrates diversification of theory and method, refinement of approaches to social interactive language use, and expansion in the range of populations and languages under scrutiny. Part I offers a topical orientation, outlining the rationale for the project. Part II presents six qualitative case studies adopting sociocultural, activity theoretical, postructuralist, or discourse analytic methodologies. The four chapters in Part III illustrate a variety of approaches and foci in research on the pragmatic capabilities of study abroad participants in relation to second language identities. The volume will be of interest to a broad audience of applied linguistics researchers, language educators, and professionals engaged in the design, oversight, and assessment of study abroad programs.

Conversational Interaction in Second Language Acquisition

The semantic-trigger, as we call it in this study, is the key element to
understanding the language and humor at play because it is the 'centre of energy
, some word or phrase in which the whole matter of the joke is fused, and from
which its ...

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Author: Alison Mackey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: UCSC:32106019295515

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 496

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Conversational Interaction in Second Language Acquisition: A Series of Empirical Studies (Oxford applied linguistics)

The Linguistics of Humor

This book is the first comprehensive and systematic introduction to the linguistics of humor.

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Author: Salvatore Attardo

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198791275

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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This book is the first comprehensive and systematic introduction to the linguistics of humor. Salvatore Attardo takes a broad approach to the topic, exploring not only theoretical linguistic analyses, but also pragmatic and semantic aspects, conversation and discourse analysis, ethnomethodology, and interactionist and variationist sociolinguistics. The volume begins with chapters that introduce the terminology and conceptual and methodological apparatus, as well as outlining the major theories in the field and examining incongruity and resolution and the semiotics of humor. The second part of the book explores humor competence, with chapters that cover semantic and pragmatic topics, the General Theory of Verbal Humor, and puns and their interpretation. The third part provides an in-depth discussion of the applied linguistics of humor, and examines social context, discourse and conversation analysis, and sociolinguistic aspects. In the final part of the book, the discussion is extended beyond the central field of linguistics, with chapters discussing humor in literature, in translation, and in the classroom. The volume brings together the multiple strands of current knowledge about humor and linguistics, both theoretical and applied; it assumes no prior background in humor studies, and will be a valuable resource for students from advanced undergraduate level upwards, particularly those coming to linguistics from related disciplines.

The Handbook of the Neuropsychology of Language

Among their difficulties was understanding humor. Historically, RH-damaged
patients' difficulties with humor were sometimes assumed to be a function of
impaired emotionality. However, another possibility is that the difficulty lay in
making the ...

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Author: Miriam Faust

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444345889

Category: Psychology

Page: 1128

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This handbook provides a comprehensive review of new developments in the study of the relationship between the brain and language, from the perspectives of both basic research and clinical neuroscience. Includes contributions from an international team of leading figures in brain-language research Features a novel emphasis on state-of-the-art methodologies and their application to the central questions in the brain-language relationship Incorporates research on all parts of language, from syntax and semantics to spoken and written language Covers a wide range of issues, including basic level and high level linguistic functions, individual differences, and neurologically intact and different clinical populations

The Language of Humor

Explores how humor can be explained across the various sub-disciplines of linguistics, in order to aid communication.

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Author: Don L. F. Nilsen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108416542

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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Explores how humor can be explained across the various sub-disciplines of linguistics, in order to aid communication.

Understanding Language Through Sign Language Research

Regardless , these conversations reveal a level of functioning not previously
discerned . Ted's more recent conversations also suggest a developing sense of
humor . On one occasion his mother returned from the beauty parlor with a tightly
 ...

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Author: Patricia Siple

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038750100

Category: Children

Page: 378

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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor presents the first ever comprehensive, in-depth treatment of all the sub-fields of the linguistics of humor, broadly conceived as the intersection of the study of language and humor.

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Author: Salvatore Attardo

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317551164

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 540

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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor presents the first ever comprehensive, in-depth treatment of all the sub-fields of the linguistics of humor, broadly conceived as the intersection of the study of language and humor. The reader will find a thorough historical, terminological, and theoretical introduction to the field, as well as detailed treatments of the various approaches to language and humor. Deliberately comprehensive and wide-ranging, the handbook includes chapter-long treatments on the traditional topics covered by language and humor (e.g., teasing, laughter, irony, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, the major linguistic theories of humor, translation) but also cutting-edge treatments of internet humor, cognitive linguistics, relevance theoretic, and corpus-assisted models of language and humor. Some chapters, such as the variationist sociolinguistcs, stylistics, and politeness are the first-ever syntheses of that particular subfield. Clusters of related chapters, such as conversation analysis, discourse analysis and corpus-assisted analysis allow multiple perspectives on complex trans-disciplinary phenomena. This handbook is an indispensable reference work for all researchers interested in the interplay of language and humor, within linguistics, broadly conceived, but also in neighboring disciplines such as literary studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc. The authors are among the most distinguished scholars in their fields.

Chemical Engineering Education

I found , with great pleasure , that Engineering Flow and Heat Exchange was not
one of those books ; seniors use it in ... s unique approach to explaining a
complex concept through humor and straightforward , easyto - understand
language is ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015048239803

Category: Chemical engineering

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The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes

This book starts from three observations.

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Author: Graeme Ritchie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134390922

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 256

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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 other work on humour is also provided. This introduces some important concepts, and also demonstrates the lack of agreement about what a theory of humour should look like. The language devices used in various jokes, such as puns or humour based on misinterpretation, are analysed in detail. The central part of the book develops, and demonstrates, proposals for how best to analyze the workings of simple jokes. Finally, the author makes some general suggestions about the language devices that seem to be central to the construction of jokes. The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes will be invaluable for researchers and advanced students of humour research, linguistics and cognitive science.

Teaching Students with Language and Communication Disabilities

During the school years , a new development in the semantic domain is the
ability to understand and use nonliteral ( or figurative ) language . To use
nonliteral language ( metaphors , idioms , jokes , proverbs ) , one must have a
firm grasp on ...

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Author: S. Jay Kuder

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: UOM:39015038568559

Category: Education

Page: 315

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This book has been written with special education teachers in mind. There is a strong research base yet the material is very accessible. There are numerous case studies that illustrate the impact of language disorders on students and on classrooms. Activities at the end of chapters provide suggestions for group or individual projects.

101 American Superstitions

Explains American superstitions in the context of daily life, in such areas as body language, love and marriage, gambling, special days, and food

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Author: Harry Collis

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0844255998

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 127

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Explains American superstitions in the context of daily life, in such areas as body language, love and marriage, gambling, special days, and food