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The Language of Jokes By Delia Chiaro

The Language of Jokes
by Delia Chiaro

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Explores the pragmatics of word play, using frameworks normally adopted in descriptive linguistics. Examines the structure of jokes, quips, riddles, asides, and the extent to which they can be universal and specific to one culture.
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The Language of Jokes: Analyzing Verbal Play by Delia Chiaro

In this highly readable and thought-provoking book, Delia Chiaro explores the pragmatics of word play, using frameworks normally adopted in descriptive linguistics. Using examples from personally recorded conversations, she examines the structure of jokes, quips, riddles and asides. Chiaro explores degrees of conformity to and deviation from established conventions; the `tellability' of jokes, and the interpretative role of the listener; the creative use of puns, word play and discourse. The emphasis in her analysis is on sociocultural contexts for the production and reception of jokes, and she examines the extent to which jokes are both universal in their appeal, and specific to a particular culture.

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GOR001957670
The Language of Jokes: Analyzing Verbal Play by Delia Chiaro
Delia Chiaro
Interface
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
1992-05-28
140
0415030900
9780415030908
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