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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor

Edited By

Salvatore Attardo

ISBN 9781138843066
Published February 28, 2017 by Routledge
554 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

  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

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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