LINGUIST List 32.1096

Fri Mar 26 2021

Qs: Discourse Analysis of Nonsense

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Date: 24-Mar-2021
From: Karen Pennesi <>
Subject: Discourse Analysis of Nonsense
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I am looking for references on discourse analysis of nonsense. One of my students is analyzing Twitter data where there are a lot of tweets that do not contain grammatical sentences but instead what we might describe as gibberish or a few words or a gif, image or emoji. Her sense is that they are posting these tweets to take up space or disrupt the conversation about controversial topics. But I seem to recall reading something years ago about nonsensical discourse so I wondered if anyone could point me to some literature.


Karen Pennesi
Associate Prof. Anthropology
University of Western Ontario

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Philosophy of Language

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