Linguistic Theories of Humor

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Walter de Gruyter, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 426 pages
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So this English professor comes into class and starts talking about the textual organization of jokes, the taxonomy of puns, the relations between the linguistic form and the content of humorous texts, and other past and current topics in language-based research into humor. At the end he stuffs all

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Survey of the Literature
The Linear Organization of the Joke
The Analysis of Puns
Resolution in Puns
Semiotic and Text Theories
Scriptbased Theories
Registerbased Humor
Nonjoke Humor Texts
The Cooperative Nature of Humor
Humor in Context
Directions in Humor Research
B List of Acronyms
Index of Subjects

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About the author (1994)

Salvatore Attardo was trained as a linguist at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, where he graduated in foreign languages and literature (French), with a dissertation on the linguistics of humor, in 1986. In 1988, he moved to the United States to attend Purdue University. In 1991, together with Victor Raskin, Attardo published a long article that developed Raskin s own semantic theory of humor into the general theory of verbal humor (GTVH). Later that year he received a PhD in English from Purdue University, with a specialization in linguistics and a dissertation on the linguistics of humor, which was published in 1994 as his first book, "Linguistic Theories of Humor. "Attardo was professor of linguistics at Youngstown State University from 1992 to 2007. He coauthored, with Steven Brown, a sociolinguistics textbook, "Understanding Language Structure, Interaction, and Variation "(2000) and authored "Humorous Texts "(2001). He served as editor-in-chief of "HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research "from 2001 to 2011. With Diana Elena Popa, he coedited the book "New Approaches to the Linguistics of Humor "(2007), and with Manuela Maria Wagner and Eduardo Urios-Aparisi, he coedited "Prosody and Humor "(2013). In 2007, he became chair of the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University Commerce. In 2010, he became dean of the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts at Texas A&M University Commerce, where he is also professor of linguistics. Attardo s research is focused primarily on humor studies and pragmatics. He has published more than 100 articles and book reviews in scholarly journals. He serves on the editorial board of the "Journal of Pragmatics "and other journals. In the past decade, his interests have broadened to include the prosody and gestures accompanying humor, mainly working in collaboration with his wife, Lucy Pickering. In non-humor-related topics, Attardo has published in the fields of semantics, pragmatics, Italian studies, grammar, the pedagogy of linguistics, stylistics, cognitive linguistics, and computational linguistics.

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