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Identifying Comedy: The Linguistic Properties of Humor


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Identifying Comedy: The Linguistic Properties of Humor

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Title: Identifying Comedy: The Linguistic Properties of Humor
Author: Frale, Aaron
Advisor(s): Brian, Herrera
Committee Member(s): Elaine, Avila
Jim, Linnell
Greg, Martin
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Theater and Dance
Subject: Comedy
linguistic model of comedy
LC Subject(s): Comedy
linguistic models
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: This dissertation is a method to label comedy with a linguistic model. Comedy is defined via an audience’s laughter. The first part presents anecdotal evidence and certain factors of comedy. Time and Cultural awareness play into the understanding of comedy. Time can situate the humor in a piece of writing. Cultural understanding can unlock the laughter in a joke. The second section breaks down comedy into a linguistic model. Expression, meaning, and context are the different parts of comedy. Each part has impact on humor. An audience understanding these three parts is critical to the concept of “comedy equals a laughing audience.”
Graduation Date: May 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10874

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