Humorous Texts

Humorous Texts

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This book presents a theory of long humorous texts based on a revision and an upgrade of the General Theory of Verbal Humour (GTVH), a decade after its first proposal. The theory is informed by current research in psycholinguistics and cognitive science. It is predicated on the fact that there are humorous mechanisms in long texts that have no counterpart in jokes. The book includes a number of case studies, among them Oscar Wilde's Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Allais' story Han Rybeck. A ground-breaking discussion of the quantitative distribution of humor in select texts is presented.From the point of view of the first task, a formal theory of humor must describe how one can generate a funny text by ... The notion of aquot;scriptaquot; comes originally from psychology (Bartlett 1932, Bateson 1955: 186-189), Goffman 1974) and was anbsp;...

Title:Humorous Texts
Author: Salvatore Attardo
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter - 2001

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