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1st Edition

The Language of Humour

ISBN 9780582291270
Published February 25, 1985 by Routledge
198 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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;

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Nash, Walter