LINGUIST List 16.596

Tue Mar 01 2005

Sum: Humor as a Linguistic Strategy

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        1.    Mary Zdrojkowski, linguistic description of conversational humor

Message 1: linguistic description of conversational humor

Date: 28-Feb-2005
From: Mary Zdrojkowski <>
Subject: linguistic description of conversational humor

Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 16.509

First, thanks to all who responded to my query about defining and
recognizing humor in conversation: Ghil `ad Zuckermann, Rachel Giora, Tomas
Riad, Cornelia Gerhardt, Nancy D. Bell, Herbert F.W. Stahlke, Jeanelle
Barrett, and Fay Wouk. All suggestions were helpful and are summarized below.

People to contact who research humor:

Don Nilsen, Victor Raskin, Salvatore Attardo, and Martin Lampert all
either currently are or have been in editorial positions for THE academic
journal dealing with humor scholarship: HUMOR: The International Journal of
Humor Research. There are 17 volumes.
Janet Holmes: researches humor in workplace interaction
Jen Hay: gender and humor
Rachel Giora: psycholinguistics of verbal humor and irony
Nancy Bell: dissertation on Using and Understanding Humor in a Second
Language: A Case Study

Print materials:
Victor Raskin's Semantic Mechanisms of Humor
Jen Hay's MA Thesis: Gender and Humor: Beyond a Joke
HUMOR: The International Journal of Humor Research
Neal Norrick: Conversational joking: Humor in everyday talk

Suggestions: Use inter-rater reliability measure to identify humor and
apply a statistical measure to the ratings to determine the degree of agreement

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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