Schnurr, Stephanie (2010) Humour. In: Locher, Miriam A. and Graham, Sage L., (eds.) Interpersonal Pragmatics. Handbooks of Pragmatics [HOPS] (No.6). Berlin, Germany / New York, NY, U.S.A.: De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 307-326. ISBN 9783110214321Full text not available from this repository.
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Humour is a particularly versatile language strategy which performs a variety of interpersonal functions. Humour is not only an excellent means for reinforcing solidarity and creating a friendly atmosphere, but it may also be used to reinforce existing power relations, as well as to express resistance and to challenge interlocutors. However, due to its ambiguous and versatile nature, many instances of humour serve various interpersonal functions simultaneously. This chapter discusses a few short examples to illustrate how the various functions of humour may be used in order to establish and negotiate interpersonal relations. It also addresses some of the theoretical and methodological challenges of defining, identifying, measuring and collecting humour. And a range of social factors are discussed that have an impact on the use of humour in interpersonal encounters.
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Series Name:||Handbooks of Pragmatics [HOPS]|
|Publisher:||De Gruyter Mouton|
|Place of Publication:||Berlin, Germany / New York, NY, U.S.A.|
|Book Title:||Interpersonal Pragmatics|
|Editor:||Locher, Miriam A. and Graham, Sage L.|
|Number of Pages:||497|
|Page Range:||pp. 307-326|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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