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Title: Humor in Interaction
Author(s): Neal R. Norrick
Journal Title: Language and Linguistics Compass
Volume: 4
Issue: 4
Page Range: 232–244
Publication Date: Mar-2010
Abstract: This article presents the state of the art of research into humor in interaction, beginning with approaches to humor in pragmatics and with relation to theorizing on politeness and gender in the second half of the 20th century, when the increasing availability of real data and transcription methods along with the rise of Conversation Analysis and interactional sociolinguistics made possible the detailed investigation of joking and joke-telling in everyday conversation. It demonstrates the current state of research based on a few characteristic samples of data and analyses.

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