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Query Details

Query Subject:   Attardo's General Theory of Humor
Author:   Trisha Artisty
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   Dear all,

My name is Trisha and I am trying to understand better about Attardo's General Theory of Humor (GTVH) because I want to use this theory for my thesis.

Can someone explain to me more about these three KR:

1. Script Opposition,
2. Logical Mechanism, and
3. Language?

and my second question is:

My thesis is about failed humor in stand up comedy.

I would like to analyze the reason why they do not laugh (silent) after the punchline told by the performer. But, since there is no verbal comment or reaction from the audience in the video, It's impossible to know the exact reason why the do not laugh. I can only rely on the audience facial expression on that video (for example shock, confuse, etc).

Is there any possible method that I can use? Is it possible to use the viewers' comments under the video? (I found these videos on YouTube)

Thank you.

Best regards,
LL Issue: 25.1344
Date posted: 19-Mar-2014


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