Understanding Language through Humor

Understanding Language through Humor

by Stanley Dubinsky, Chris Holcomb


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521886277
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Stanley Dubinsky is Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. His primary areas of research are syntax, semantics and linguistic theory.

Chris Holcomb is an Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. His primary research interests include histories of rhetoric, humor, discourse analysis and prose style.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Talking to Garfield: human and animal communication; 3. Did I hear that right? The sounds of language; 4. Twisted words: word structure and meaning; 5. Fitting words together: phrase structure and meaning; 6. Meaning one thing and saying another: indirect speech and conversational principles; 7. Fitting the pieces together: the structure of discourse; 8. 'Kids say the darndest things': children acquiring language; 9. Variety is the spice of life: language variation; 10. Cross-cultural gaffes: language and culture; 11. The language police: prescriptivism and standardization; 12. So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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