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Meaning and Humour By Andrew Goatly (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

Meaning and Humour by Andrew Goatly (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

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Using over a hundred jokes as linguistic examples, this book introduces and critiques a wide range of semantic and pragmatic theories in relation to humour. It is an entertaining and user-friendly textbook for advanced students of semantics, pragmatics and humour studies.

Meaning and Humour Summary

Meaning and Humour by Andrew Goatly (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

How are humorous meanings generated and interpreted? Understanding a joke involves knowledge of the language code (a matter mostly of semantics) and background knowledge necessary for making the inferences to get the joke (a matter of pragmatics). This book introduces and critiques a wide range of semantic and pragmatic theories in relation to humour, such as systemic functional linguistics, speech acts, politeness and relevance theory, emphasising not only conceptual but also interpersonal and textual meanings. Exploiting recent corpus-based research, it suggests that much humour can be accounted for by the overriding of lexical priming. Each chapter's discussion topics and suggestions for further reading encourage a critical approach to semantic and pragmatic theory. Written by an experienced lecturer on the linguistics of the English language, this is an entertaining and user-friendly textbook for advanced students of semantics, pragmatics and humour studies.

Meaning and Humour Reviews

'Humour is not always easy to understand, semantics is hard to grasp. Adroitly enunciating, Andrew Goatly mixes and matches, with a careful touch, and both teaches and captivates his readers.' Richard J. Alexander, Vienna University of Economics and Business
'Goatly's work is an interesting, innovative, and useful book. It is the first systematic consideration of the linguistic phenomena of humor. I would recommend it for students and scholars alike.' Salvatore Attardo, Editor-in-Chief, HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research and Encyclopedia of Humor Studies

About Andrew Goatly (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

Andrew Goatly is a professor in the Department of English at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Meaning in the language system: aspects of form and meaning; 3. Semantics and conceptual meaning of grammar; 4. Semantics and the conceptual meaning of lexis; 5. Personal, social and affective meanings; 6. Textual meaning and genre; 7. Metaphor and figures of speech; 8. Pragmatics, reference and speech-acts; 9. Pragmatics: co-operation and politeness; 10. Relevance theory, schemas and deductive inference; 11. Lexical priming: information, collocation, predictability and humour.

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GOR011122852
9780521181068
0521181062
Meaning and Humour by Andrew Goatly (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2012-05-10
380
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