Understanding language through humor

Stanley Dubinsky and Chris Holcomb

Students often struggle to understand linguistic concepts through examples of language data provided in class or in texts. Presented with ambiguous information, students frequently respond that they do not 'get it'. The solution is to find an example of humour that relies on the targeted ambiguity. Once they laugh at the joke, they have tacitly understood the concept, and then it is only a matter of explaining why they found it funny. Utilizing cartoons and jokes illustrating linguistic concepts, this book makes it easy to understand these concepts, while keeping the reader's attention and interest. Organized like a course textbook in linguistics, it covers all the major topics in a typical linguistics survey course, including communication systems, phonetics and phonology, morphemes, words, phrases, sentences, language use, discourses, child language acquisition and language variation, while avoiding technical terminology.

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Students often struggle to understand linguistic concepts through examples of language data provided in class or in texts. Presented with ambiguous information, students frequently respond that they do not 'get it'. The solution is to find an example of humour that relies on the targeted ambiguity. Once they laugh at the joke, they have tacitly understood the concept, and then it is only a matter of explaining why they found it funny. Utilizing cartoons and jokes illustrating linguistic concepts, this book makes it easy to understand these concepts, while keeping the reader's attention and interest. Organized like a course textbook in linguistics, it covers all the major topics in a typical linguistics survey course, including communication systems, phonetics and phonology, morphemes, words, phrases, sentences, language use, discourses, child language acquisition and language variation, while avoiding technical terminology.

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[目次]

  • 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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[目次]

  • 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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この本の情報

書名 Understanding language through humor
著作者等 Dubinsky, Stanley
Holcomb, Chris
Holcomb Christopher
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2011
ページ数 ix, 202 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 9780521886277
9780521713887
NCID BB06984570
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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