1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor

Edited By Salvatore Attardo Copyright 2017
    556 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    556 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor presents the first ever comprehensive, in-depth treatment of all the sub-fields of the linguistics of humor, broadly conceived as the intersection of the study of language and humor. The reader will find a thorough historical, terminological, and theoretical introduction to the field, as well as detailed treatments of the various approaches to language and humor. Deliberately comprehensive and wide-ranging, the handbook includes chapter-long treatments on the traditional topics covered by language and humor (e.g., teasing, laughter, irony, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, the major linguistic theories of humor, translation) but also cutting-edge treatments of internet humor, cognitive linguistics, relevance theoretic, and corpus-assisted models of language and humor. Some chapters, such as the variationist sociolinguistcs, stylistics, and politeness are the first-ever syntheses of that particular subfield. Clusters of related chapters, such as conversation analysis, discourse analysis and corpus-assisted analysis allow multiple perspectives on complex trans-disciplinary phenomena. This handbook is an indispensable reference work for all researchers interested in the interplay of language and humor, within linguistics, broadly conceived, but also in neighboring disciplines such as literary studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc. The authors are among the most distinguished scholars in their fields.

    1. Introduction
    2. Salvatore Attardo

    3. An Overview of Humor Theory
    4. Cristina Larkin-Galinanes

    5. Humor Universals
    6. Annarita Guidi

    7. Key Terms in the Field of Humor
    8. Christian F. Hempelmann

    9. Linguistics and Humor Theory
    10. Salvatore Attardo and Victor Raskin

    11. The Isotopy Disjunction Model
    12. Amal Aljared

    13. Puns and Tacit Linguistic Knowledge
    14. Debra Aarons

    15. Puns: Taxonomy and Phonology
    16. Christian F. Hempelmann and Tristan Miller

    17. Script-Based Semantic and Ontological Semantic Theories of Humor
    18. Victor Raskin

    19. The General Theory of Verbal Humor
    20. Salvatore Attardo

    21. Humor and Narrative
    22. Wladyslaw Chlopicki

    23. Humor and Stylistics
    24. Paul Simpson and Derek Bousfield

    25. Humor and Pragmatics
    26. Salvatore Attardo

    27. Relevance-Theoretic Treatments of Humor
    28. Francisco Yus

    29. Teasing
    30. Michael Haugh

    31. Politeness, Teasing, and Humor
    32. Maria Shardakova

    33. Irony and Sarcasm
    34. Herbert L. Colston

    35. Cognitive Linguistics and Humor Research
    36. Geert Brône

    37. Psycholinguistic Approaches to Humor
    38. Belem G. López and Jyotsna Vaid

    39. Neurolinguistics of Humor
    40. Hsueh-Chih Chen, Yu-Chen Chan, Ru-Huei Dai, Yi-Jun Liao, and Cheng-Hao Tu

    41. Conversation Analysis of Humor
    42. Phillip Glenn and Elizabeth Holt

    43. Functionalist discourse analysis of humor
    44. Stephanie Schnurr and Barbara Plester

    45. Corpus-assisted studies of humor and laughter-talk
    46. Alan Partington

    47. Laughter
    48. Jürgen Trouvain and Khiet P. Truong

    49. Failed Humor
    50. Nancy Bell

    51. Humor Support and Mode Adoption
    52. Juanita M. Whalen and Penny M. Pexman

    53. Humor markers
    54. Christian Burgers and Margot van Mulken

    55. Prosodic and Multimodal Markers of Humor
    56. Elisa Gironzetti

    57. Humor and Translation
    58. Delia Chiaro

    59. Audiovisual Translation of Humor
    60. Chiara Bucaria

    61. Humor and Second Language Development
    62. Nancy Bell

    63. Computational Treatments of Humor
    64. Julia Taylor

    65. Sociolinguistic Approaches to Humor
    66. Catherine E. Davies

    67. Genres of humor
    68. Villy Tsakona

    69. Online and Internet Humor

    Eric Weitz


    Salvatore Attardo is Dean of the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts at Texas A&M University–Commerce, USA. His publications include two monographs on humor, two collections of essays on the linguistics of humor, and the Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. He was Editor-in-Chief of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research for 10 years.

    "The present Handbook testifies to Salvatore Attardo’s lifetime involvement in the linguistic mechanisms of humor and its societal effects. The collection of articles he has gathered here represents at the same time a milestone, a compendium, and a beacon: as a milestone, it marks the advances obtained in  humor studies up to and including our times; as a state-of-the-art compendium, it both reveals the ‘state’ of the ‘art’, and details its cutting edges; and as a beacon, it identifies skerries and dangerous currents, while at the same time shining light on the path ahead across the uncharted waters of future study. I highly recommend the work to anybody involved in humor studies: from the interested bystander to the advanced student to the accomplished researcher and teacher – and beyond."
    Jacob L. Mey, The University of Southern Denmark

    "This book will undoubtedly become the go-to book for scholars wanting updated summaries of linguistic concepts, tools and approaches to humour. Leading scholars review their fields in succinct and accessible chapters, introduced by Attardo. Topics range from key terms and theories of humour to neurolinguistics and the translation of humour, from corpus-assisted studies and humour markers to failed humour and humour of the internet. This is a truly invaluable collection."
    Jessica Milner Davis, University of Sydney