Description - The Language of Jokes by Delia Chiaro

Using examples from personally recorded conversations, Delia Chiaro examines the structure of jokes, quips, riddles and asides. She 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. This book should be of interest to introductory students, undergraduates and postgraduates of linguistics and literary studies.

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