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LINGUIST List 18.1145

Sun Apr 15 2007

Books: Sociolinguistics: Chafe

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Message 1: The Importance of Not Being Earnest: Chafe
Date: 04-Apr-2007
From: Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Importance of Not Being Earnest: Chafe


Title: The Importance of Not Being Earnest
Subtitle: The feeling behind laughter and humor
Series Title: Consciousness & Emotion Book Series 3
Published: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Author: Wallace Chafe
Hardback: ISBN: 902724152X Pages: 181 Price: U.S. $ 119.00
Abstract:

The thesis of this book is that neither laughter nor humor can be
understood apart from the feeling that underlies them. This feeling is a
mental state in which people exclude some situation from their knowledge of
how the world really is, thereby inhibiting seriousness where seriousness
would be counterproductive. Laughter is viewed as an expression of this
feeling, and humor as a set of devices designed to trigger it because it is
so pleasant and distracting. Beginning with phonetic analyses of laughter,
the book examines ways in which the feeling behind the laughter is elicited
by both humorous and nonhumorous situations. It discusses properties of
this feeling that justify its inclusion in the repertoire of human
emotions. Against this background it illustrates the creation of humor in
several folklore genres and across several cultures. Finally, it reconciles
this understanding with various already familiar ways of explaining humor
and laughter.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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