The Language of Humor: An Introduction

The Language of Humor: An Introduction

By: Alleen Pace Nilsen (author), Don L. F. Nilsen (author)Hardback

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Much of today's communication is carried out through various kinds of humor, and we therefore need to be able to understand its many aspects. Here, two of the world's leading pioneers in humor studies, Alleen and Don Nilsen, explore how humor can be explained across the numerous sub-disciplines of linguistics. Drawing on examples from language play and jokes in a range of real-life contexts, such as art, business, marketing, comedy, creative writing, science, journalism and politics, the authors use their own theory of 'Features, functions and subjects of Humor' to analyze humor across all disciplines. Each highly accessible chapter uses a rich array of examples to stimulate discussion and interaction even in large classes. Supplemental PowerPoints to accompany each of the 25 chapters are available online, taking many of the insights from the chapters for further interactional discussions with students.

About Author

Don L. F. Nilsen is in the Humanities Division of Arizona State University's Emeritus College. Together with Alleen Pace Nilsen, he has authored an abundance of books including Literature for Today's Young Adults (2012), Pronunciation Contrasts in English (2010) and Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Humor (2000). He is one of the leading pioneers in humor studies, and has received a lifetime achievement award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and the International Society for Humor Studies. Alleen Pace Nilsen is in the Humanities Division of Arizona State University's Emeritus College. Together with Don L. F. Nilsen, she has authored an abundance of books including Literature for Today's Young Adults (2012), Pronunciation Contrasts in English (2010) and Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Humor (2000). She is one of the leading pioneers in humor studies, and has received a lifetime achievement award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and the International Society for Humor Studies.

Contents

1. Introduction and overview; 2. Humor in anthropology; 3. Humor and art; 4. Humor and Business; 5. Humor and computer science; 6. Humor and education; 7. Humor and gender studies; 8. Humor and geography; 9. Humor and gerontology; 10. Humor and history; 11. Humor and journalism; 12. Humor and law; 13. Humor and linguistics; 14. Humor and literature; 15. Humor in medicine and health; 16. Humor and music; 17. Humor in names and naming; 18. Humor in the performing arts; 19. Humor and philosophy; 20. Humor in physical education and sports; 21. Humor and politics; 22. Humor and psychology; 23 Humor and religion; 24. Humor in rhetoric and composition; 25. Humor and sociology; Conclusion.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781108416542
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9781108416542
  • weight: 710
  • ISBN10: 1108416543

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