This is the first edited volume dedicated specifically to humor in interaction. It is a rich collection of essays by an international array of scholars representing various theoretical perspectives, but all concerned with interactional aspects of humor. The contributors are scholars active both in the interdisciplinary area of humor studies and in adjacent disciplines such as linguistic pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, gender and translation studies. The volume effectively offers an overview of the range of phenomena falling in the broad category of `conversational humor', and convincingly argues for the many different functions humor can fulfill, bypassing simplistic humor theories reducing humor to one function. All the articles draw on empirical material from different countries and cultures, comprising conversations among friends and family, talk in workplace situations, humor in educational settings, and experimental approaches to humor in interaction. The book is sure to become an important reference and source of inspiration for scholars in the various subfields of humor studies, pragmatics and (socio-)linguistics.
1. Introduction: Humor and interaction (by Norrick, Neal R.); 2. Part I: Conversation among friends and family; 3. The occasioning of self-disclosure humor (by Ervin-Tripp, Susan M.); 4. Direct address as a resource for humor (by Norrick, Neal R.); 5. An interactional approach to irony development (by Kotthoff, Helga); 6. Multimodal and intertextual humor in the media reception situation: The case of watching football on TV (by Gerhardt, Cornelia); 7. Part II: Doing gender with humor in talk at work; 8. Using humor to do masculinity at work (by Schnurr, Stephanie); 9. Boundary-marking humor: Institutional, gender and ethnic demarcation in the workplace (by Vine, Bernadette); 10. Part III: Failed humor and its interactional effects; 11. Impolite responses to failed humor (by Bell, Nancy); 12. Failed humor in conversation: A double voicing analysis (by Priego-Valverde, Beatrice); 13. Part IV: Humor in bilingual interactions; 14. Humor and interlanguage in a bilingual elementary school setting (by Kersten, Kristin); 15. Cultural divide or unifying factor?: Humorous talk in the interaction of bilingual, cross-cultural couples (by Chiaro, Delia); 16. Name index; 17. Subject index