Understanding Language Through Humor

ISBN-10: 0521713889

ISBN-13: 9780521713887

Edition: 2011

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List price: $68.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946

Chris Holcomb is an Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. His primary research interests include histories of rhetoric, humor, discourse analysis and prose style.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Talking to Garfield: Human and animal communication
Did I hear that right? The sounds of language
Twisted words: Word structure and meaning
Fitting words together: Phrase structure and meaning
Meaning one thing and saying another: Indirect speech and conversational principles
Fitting the pieces together: The structure of discourse
"Kids say the darndest things": Children acquiring language
Variety is the spice of life: Language variation
Cross-cultural gaffes: Language and culture
The language police: Prescriptivism and standardization
So long, and thanks for all the fish ...
Notes
Glossary
Index
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