The Language of Jokes : Analyzing Verbal Play

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In this highly readable and thought-provoking book, Delia Chiaro explores the pragmatics of word play, using frameworks normally adopted in descriptive linguistics. Using examples from personally recorded conversations, she examines the structure of jokes, quips, riddles and asides. Chiaro explores degrees of conformity to and deviation from established conventions; the `tellability of jokes, and the interpretative role of the listener; the creative use of puns, word play and discourse. The emphasis in her analysis is on sociocultural contexts for the production and reception of jokes, and she examines the extent to which jokes are both universal in their appeal, and specific to a particular culture.
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Author: Delia Chiaro

Format: Hardback |1138144843pages

Dimensions:138 x 216mm | 454g

Publication Date: 42522

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd

Language: English

ISBN 10: 1138144843

ISBN 13: 9781138144842