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The Language of Jokes : Analyzing Verbal Play - Delia Chiaro

The Language of Jokes

Analyzing Verbal Play

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Published: 28th May 1992
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In this highly readable and thought-provoking book, Delia Chiaro explores the pragmatics of word play, using frameworks normally adopted in descriptive linguistics. Using examples from personally recorded conversations, she examines the structure of jokes, quips, riddles and asides. Chiaro explores degrees of conformity to and deviation from established conventions; the tellability' of jokes, and the interpretative role of the listener; the creative use of puns, word play and discourse. The emphasis in her analysis is on sociocultural contexts for the production and reception of jokes, and she examines the extent to which jokes are both universal in their appeal, and specific to a particular culture.

ISBN: 9780415030908
ISBN-10: 0415030900
Series: Interface
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 28th May 1992
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.84
Weight (kg): 0.09
Edition Number: 1