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Full Title: The Pragmatics of Conversational Humour

Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Start Date: 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Contact: Valeria Sinkeviciute
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Meeting Description: Panel Organisers:

Valeria Sinkeviciute (IPrA Research Center, University of Antwerp)
Marta Dynel (Department of Pragmatics, University of Lodz)

Conversational humour that encompasses various subtypes, such as teasing, banter, deprecating humour, or figures of speech used for humorous purposes (e.g. humorous irony) (Dynel 2009) has been studied in diverse discourse genres, written or spoken, private or mass-mediated, face-to-face or computer-mediated, such as: everyday talk collated in corpora, messenger exchanges, or conversations in reality programmes, talk shows, or television series, each of which offers fertile ground for humour.
The proposed panel is devoted to the pragmatics of conversational humour and aims at exploring humour in relation to cognitive, social and cultural phenomena. Taking many forms and guises, conversational humour serves multiple communicative purposes and performs diverse interpersonal functions, for example, bonding and solidarity building, or, by contrast, promoting animosity and hostility. This explains why conversational humour can be examined with the methodological apparatus developed in (im)politeness studies (Dynel 2013; Haugh and Bousfield 2012; Sinkeviciute 2013). Furthermore, humour's capacity to convey non-humorous meanings outside the humorous frame and the nature of the speaker's intentions underlying the production of a humorous message have been another major focus in humour research. Alongside intentionality, the negotiability of meaning (during the interaction or evolving through metatalk) is a key aspect in the interpretation of conversational humour. Finally, both the production and interpretation of humour highly depend on a cultural context in which it occurs. Cultural attitudes, values and proscriptions are subconscious 'rules' that guide the speakers in their language use and can easily influence one's understanding of (non-) humorous interactions (e.g. Holmes and Hay 1997; Goddard 2006, 2009; Sinkeviciute 2014).
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.2961

This is a session of the following meeting:
14th International Pragmatics Conference

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