Humorous Texts: A Semantic and Pragmatic Analysis

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Walter de Gruyter, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 238 pages
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This book presents a theory of long humorous texts based on a revision and an upgrade of the General Theory of Verbal Humour (GTVH), a decade after its first proposal. The theory is informed by current research in psycholinguistics and cognitive science. It is predicated on the fact that there are humorous mechanisms in long texts that have no counterpart in jokes. The book includes a number of case studies, among them Oscar Wilde's Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Allais' story Han Rybeck. A ground-breaking discussion of the quantitative distribution of humor in select texts is presented.

 

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Contents

Preliminaries
1
Literature Review
37
Semantic Analysis and Humor Analysis
47
Beyond the Joke
61
A Theory of Humorous Texts
79
Diffuse Disjunction
103
Case Studies
127
Lord Arthur Saviles Crime by Oscar Wilde
163
Further Perspectives
203
Primary Sources
209
Index
226
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Salvatore Attardo is Professor at the English Department of Youngstown State University, USA.

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