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Title: Humorous Garden-Paths
Subtitle: A Pragmatic-Cognitive Study
Written By: Marta Dynel
Description:

Surprising as it may seem, sometimes humans like being led up the garden
path, which is thanks to the pleasurable feeling of surprise entwined with
a humorous effect deception tends to afford.

The central issue under investigation is the nature of short humorous texts
in the form of one-liners and witticisms based on the “garden-path
mechanism”. The monograph provides a survey of relevant linguistic
research, recapitulating and assessing other authors’ theses in the context
of their applicability in the analysis of garden-path humour. Discussions
are conducted in the light of not only humour studies but also cognitive
and pragmatic literature on human communication in general, with a view to
presenting a meticulous description of short garden-path texts.

The book should be of interest to anybody who finds humour research
appealing, whether or not already familiar with this field. No background
knowledge is necessary on the reader’s part, given that all relevant
postulates and theories are revisited. Also, the author steers a clear
course through many terminological and conceptual obstacles that can be
encountered in the study of humour (e.g. verbal/non-verbal humour,
ambiguity types, punning, etc.).

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Psycholinguistics
Semantics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1443801402
ISBN-13: 9781443801409
Pages: 315
Prices: U.K. £ 44.99