1st Edition

The Language of Humour

By Walter Nash Copyright 1985
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    197 Pages
    by Routledge

    The broad aim of this lively and engaging book is to examine relationships between the linguistic patterns, the stylistic functions, and the social and cultural contexts of humour. The material used in illustration is of corresponding breadth: schoolyard jokes, graffiti, aphorisms, advertisements, arguments, anecdotes, puns, parodies, passages of comic fiction, all come under Dr Nash's scrutiny.

    Chapter 1 Explaining the joke; Chapter 2 Witty compression, comic expansion; Chapter 3 The design of the joke; Chapter 4 The design of the joke; Chapter 5 Allusion and parody; Chapter 6 Likelihoods and logics; Chapter 7 Language in its humour; Chapter 8 Language in its humour;


    Nash, Walter