The pragmatics of conversational humour in social visits: French and Australian English

Beal, C and Mullan, K 2017, 'The pragmatics of conversational humour in social visits: French and Australian English', Language and Communication, vol. 55, pp. 24-40.


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Title The pragmatics of conversational humour in social visits: French and Australian English
Author(s) Beal, C
Mullan, K
Year 2017
Journal name Language and Communication
Volume number 55
Start page 24
End page 40
Total pages 17
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This study on conversational humour in French and Australian English investigates how speakers use humour spontaneously in naturally occurring conversations during social visits among friends. Following the four dimensional model outlined in Béal and Mullan (2013), this paper focuses on the speaker/target/recipient interplay and the various pragmatic functions of conversational humour in a number of representative examples from the two languages-cultures. For example, Australians show a marked preference for recipient-oriented humour, creating complicity with the other participants by threatening another's face for the sake of humour. French speakers on the other hand, prefer to reinforce complicity at the expense of an absent third party via third-party oriented humour.
Subject Discourse and Pragmatics
Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
French Language
Keyword(s) Conversation
Humour
Pragmatics
French
Australian English
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