Humor in Jokes and Its Interpretation.
Contrastive Linguistics, 2010, 35(1), pp. 23-42. Print ISSN 0204-8701
The paper discusses a two-stage and a three-stage model of joke interpretation within the format of the Incongruity Theory of Humor as well as joke interpretation from the point of view of two linguistic theories of humor: the Semantic Script Theory of Humor and the General Theory of Verbal Humor. The two-component structure of the joke text within the format of the Incongruity Theory, the speaker’s intention, the incongruity in the punchline and the resolution of the incongruity are the most distinctive features of the joke text. The joke text is only the means of conveying humor and the latter is not a feature of the text itself.
verbal humour, incongruity theory of humour, incongruity resolution in jokes
Language, Linguistics, Literature and Theory of Literature