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The Linguistics of Humor: An Introduction

Salvatore Attardo


This book is the first comprehensive systematic introduction to the linguistics of humor. Assuming no background in humor studies at all, and an elementary knowledge of linguistics, all the terminology and conceptual apparatus of humor studies are introduced, as well as all the linguistic concepts necessary to understand the most up-to-date formulations in the linguistics and applied linguistics of humor. The book is not limited to the theoretical linguistic analyses of humor (for example the General Theory of Verbal humor or the Isotopy Disjunction Model), but has a broad approach encompassin ... More

Keywords: humor, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, ethnomethodology, interactional sociolinguistics, translation, teaching, variationism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791270
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198791270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Salvatore Attardo, author
Professor of Linguistics, Texas A&M University-Commerce