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Full Title: From Self to Culture: Identity Construction in Humour

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Contact: Valeria Sinkeviciute
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Meeting Description: From self to culture: Identity construction in humour-related discourses

(organised by Valeria Sinkeviciute, IPrA Research Center, University of Antwerp, Belgium)

The question of identity has become one of the most frequently raised not only in the areas of social psychology and variationalist sociolinguistics, but also in conversation and discourse analyses and, consequently, in the field of interpersonal pragmatics (Benwell & Stokoe 2012; Fitzgerald & Housley 2015; Spencer-Oatey 2005; Mullany 2010). Even though some types of identity, especially those related to gender or ethnic background, can be referred to as more fixed, it is in different social contexts and in interaction that most identities are constructed and negotiated (e.g. Mullany 2008; De Fina 2010; Clift 2013). Taking into consideration that one of the main functions of humour refers to interpersonal relationships, it is easy to conceive that humorous interactions can contribute to the construction of identity in various ways (e.g. Schnurr 2010). For instance, humour can help to establish one’s membership in a group (Boxer & Cortés-Conde 1997; Fine & de Soucey 2005; Haugh forthcoming) or maintain one’s individual or social identity at workplace (Schnurr 2009; Schnurr and Holmes 2009; Holmes and Marra 2002). On the other hand, humour is a powerful tool for social exclusion, when one can be easily positioned (or position him/herself) as an outsider (Moody 2014).
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics
LL Issue: 27.2970

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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