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Query:   linguistic description of conversational humor
Author:  Mary Zdrojkowski
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Sociolinguistics

Summary:   First, thanks to all who responded to my query about defining and
recognizing humor in conversation: Ghil `ad Zuckermann, Rachel Giora, Tomas
Riad, Cornelia Gerhardt, Nancy D. Bell, Herbert F.W. Stahlke, Jeanelle
Barrett, and Fay Wouk. All suggestions were helpful and are summarized below.

People to contact who research humor:

Don Nilsen, Victor Raskin, Salvatore Attardo, and Martin Lampert all
either currently are or have been in editorial positions for THE academic
journal dealing with humor scholarship: HUMOR: The International Journal of
Humor Research. There are 17 volumes.
Janet Holmes: researches humor in workplace interaction
Jen Hay: gender and humor
Rachel Giora: psycholinguistics of verbal humor and irony
Nancy Bell: dissertation on Using and Understanding Humor in a Second
Language: A Case Study

Print materials:
Victor Raskin’s Semantic Mechanisms of Humor
Jen Hay’s MA Thesis: Gender and Humor: Beyond a Joke
HUMOR: The International Journal of Humor Research
Neal Norrick: Conversational joking: Humor in everyday talk

Suggestions: Use inter-rater reliability measure to identify humor and
apply a statistical measure to the ratings to determine the degree of agreement

LL Issue: 16.596
Date Posted: 01-Mar-2005
Original Query: Read original query


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