LINGUIST List 15.1187

Mon Apr 12 2004

Books: Cognitive Science: Ritchie/Vasishth, Horn (Ed)

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  • kkaneta, The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes: Ritchie
  • kkaneta, Working Memory in Sentence Comprehension: Vasishth, Horn (Ed)

    Message 1: The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes: Ritchie

    Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2004 15:27:43 -0500 (EST)
    From: kkaneta <kkanetataylorandfrancis.com>
    Subject: The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes: Ritchie


    Title: The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes Series Title: Routledge Studies in Linguistics Publication Year: 2003 Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis) http://www.routledge.com/ Author: Graeme Ritchie

    Hardback: ISBN: 0415309832, Pages: 256, Price: U.S. $: 95.00

    Abstract: This book starts from three observations. First, the use of humour is a complex, puzzling, and idiosyncratically human form of behaviour (and hence is of scientific interest). Second, there is currently no theory of how humour works. Third, one useful step towards a theory of humour is to analyse humorous items in precise detail, in order to understand their mechanisms.

    The author begins by considering how to study jokes rigorously: the assumptions to make, the guidelines to follow and the pitfalls to avoid. A critique of other work on humour is also provided. This introduces some important concepts, and also demonstrates the lack of agreement about what a theory of humour should look like. The language devices used in various jokes, such as puns or humour based on misinterpretation, are analysed in detail. The central part of the book develops, and demonstrates, proposals for how best to analyse the workings of simple jokes. Finally, the author makes some general suggestions about the language devices that seem to be central to the construction of jokes.

    The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes will be invaluable for researchers and advanced students of humour research, linguistics and cognitive science.

    Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science

    Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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    Message 2: Working Memory in Sentence Comprehension: Vasishth, Horn (Ed)

    Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 12:53:04 -0400 (EDT)
    From: kkaneta <kkanetataylorandfrancis.com>
    Subject: Working Memory in Sentence Comprehension: Vasishth, Horn (Ed)




    Title: Working Memory in Sentence Comprehension Subtitle: Processing Hindi Center Embeddings Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

    Publication Year: 2003 Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis) http://www.routledge.com/

    Author: Shravan Vasishth, Saarland University Editor: Laurence R Horn, Yale University

    Hardback: ISBN: 0415967619, Pages: 296, Price: U.S. $ 80.00

    Abstract:

    The first-ever investigation of sentence processing in Hindi, Working Memory in Sentence Comprehension studies the predictions of three existing, wide-coverage sentence processing models. In experiments that apply these models to Hindi, Shravan Vasishth develops a new sentence processing model that builds on existing theories and overcomes their empirical problems. Advancing the understanding of human parsing processes, this book is a landmark in cross-linguistic research, presenting a challenging set of sentence processing facts that will impact future theories.

    Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science Syntax Subject Language(s): Hindi (Language code: HND) Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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