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Playing with words : humour in the English language

Author: Barry J Blake
Publisher: London ; Oakville, CT : Equinox Pub., 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Humour permeates our lives. People tell jokes, make puns, and engage in witty banter. This book shows how every facet of language is exploited for humour. It covers the subject matter of humour and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Blake, Barry J.
Playing with words.
London ; Oakville, CT : Equinox Pub., 2007
(OCoLC)608111359
Online version:
Blake, Barry J.
Playing with words.
London ; Oakville, CT : Equinox Pub., 2007
(OCoLC)631084454
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barry J Blake
ISBN: 9781845533304 1845533305
OCLC Number: 77011553
Description: xii, 181 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction 1. The nature of humour Principles of humour, Fun with words, Grammatical ambiguities, Transpositions, Mixing styles, Language in context, Dashing expectations, Clever connections, Logic, or lack thereof , Satire, parody, irony and sarcasm 2. What do people joke about? The cultural background, Beliefs and attitudes, Subject matter , Insults 3. Where humour is to be found Professional humour, Amateur humour 4. Laughs in the lexicon Compounds, Blends, Prefixes and suffixes, Euphemism, Colourful language, Names 5. Puns Basic puns, Puns across word boundaries, Puns involving phrases, Cross-language puns, Substituting a similar word 6. Grammatical ambiguities Which part of speech?, Scope, Participial clauses, Co-ordination, Missing subjects and objects, Pronouns and other problems of reference 7. Jokes Stories, Books, Book titles, Shortest books, Blonde jokes, Cannibal jokes, Dumb jokes, Definitions, Generalisations and exhortations, Graffiti, Headlines, How many x's does it take to change a light globe?, Knock Knock!, Oxymora and other self-contradictions Questions Signs, Stickers, Tom Swifties, Wellerisms, What do you get if you cross x with y?, What is the difference between x and y? 8. Wit 9. Language in context 10. Errors Slips of the tongue and mispronunciation, Accents and lisps, Malapropisms, Misinterpretations, Misspellings, Mispunctuation, Grammar as she is spoke, Logic or lack thereof 11. Rhymes Nursery rhymes, Children's verses, Adult verses, Limericks, Clerihews, Verse today 12. Beyond a joke
Responsibility: Barry J. Blake.
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