We Are Not Amused: Failed Humor in Interaction

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Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, Apr 24, 2015 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 194 pages

Placing failed humor within the broader category of miscommunication and drawing on a range of conversational data, this text represents the first comprehensive study of failed humor. It provides a framework for classifying the types of failure that can occur, examines the strategies used by both speakers and hearers to avoid and manage failure, and highlights the crucial role humor plays in social identity and relationship management.


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We Are Not Amused
Conceptualizing Failed Humor
Failed Humor as Miscommunication
Triggers of Failed Humor
Triggers of Failure Specific to Humor
Managing Failed Humor in Interaction
Failed Humor and Society

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Nancy D. Bell, Washington State University, USA

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