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Title: The Language of Comic Narratives
Subtitle: Humor Construction in Short Stories
Written By: Isabel Ermida
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110205145-1
Series Title: Humor Research [HR] 9
Description:

The book offers a comprehensive account of how humor works in short
stories, by presenting a model of narrative comedy that is pragmatically as
well as semantically, grammatically and stylistically informed. It is the
first study to combine a sequential analysis of the comic short story with
a hierarchical one, merging together horizontal and vertical narratological
perspectives in a systematic way. The book covers the main areas of
linguistic analysis and is deliberately interdisciplinary, using input from
philosophy, sociology and psychology so as to touch upon the nature,
motivations and functions of humor as a cognitive phenomenon in a social
context. Crucially, The Language of Comic Narratives combines a scholarly
approach with a careful explanation of key terms and concepts, making it
accessible to researchers and students, as well as non-specialists.
Moreover, it reviews a broad range of historical critical data by examining
the source texts, and it provides many humorous examples, from jokes to
extracts from comic narratives. Thus, it seeks to anchor theory in specific
texts, and also to show that many linguistic mechanisms of humor are common
to jokes and longer, literary comic narratives. The book tests the model of
humorous narratives on a set of comic short stories by British and American
writers, ranging from Evelyn Waugh and Dorothy Parker, through Graham
Greene and Corey Ford, to David Lodge and Woody Allen. The validity of the
model is confirmed through a subsequent discussion of apparent
counter-examples.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
Ling & Literature
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110205149
ISBN-13: 9783110205145
Pages: 261
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00
U.S. $ 157.00