Understanding Language through Humor

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Understanding Language through Humor

By Stanley Dubinsky

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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.

Subject: English & College Success -> English -> Linguistics

Understanding Language through Humor
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 9/15/11
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1139124056
ISBN 13: 9781139124058
Print ISBN: 9780521886277

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