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Language and Humor

  • Couverture cartonnée
  • 172 Nombre de pages
American writer E. B. White once said: Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of i... Lire la suite
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American writer E. B. White once said: Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it ( E.B. White 2013). Whether the following dissection also causes death is up to the reader, although the analyzing of a joke usually tends to take the fun out of it. But what made us laugh in the first place? What is humor (for)? Is it a relief of mental energy, is it to establish superiority, is it the incongruity between what we expect and experience, is it a little bit of everything? Or could it be none of the above? To clarify this matter, the humor of George Carlin will be analyzed exemplarily. George Denis Patrick Carlin (1937 - 2008) was an actor, writer, satirist, social critic and a comedian. He was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, won five Grammy Awards and ranked second on Comedy Central s list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time. Most importantly, this book aims to analyze his skilled use and awareness of the English language, whose peculiarities are featured more often than any other theme in his performances, to show whether Carlin could not only be seen as a comedian, but also as a linguist.

Auteur

Michael Pettenhofer was born in Austria and completed a diploma in Communication and Media Design and a teaching degree in English Language/ Literature and Religious Education at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz. He is currently working towards an additional degree in Musical Instruction for high school students. Check out his band 'i love milk.'



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American writer E. B. White once said: "Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it" ("E.B. White" 2013). Whether the following dissection also causes death is up to the reader, although the analyzing of a joke usually tends to take the fun out of it. But what made us laugh in the first place? What is humor (for)? Is it a relief of mental energy, is it to establish superiority, is it the incongruity between what we expect and experience, is it a little bit of everything? Or could it be none of the above? To clarify this matter, the humor of George Carlin will be analyzed exemplarily. George Denis Patrick Carlin (1937 - 2008) was an actor, writer, satirist, social critic and a comedian. He was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, won five Grammy Awards and ranked second on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time. Most importantly, this book aims to analyze his skilled use and awareness of the English language, whose peculiarities are featured more often than any other theme in his performances, to show whether Carlin could not only be seen as a comedian, but also as a linguist.

Détails sur le produit

Titre: Language and Humor
Sous-titre: A Study of George Carlin
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Code EAN: 9783639628814
ISBN: 978-3-639-62881-4
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 172
Poids: 245g
Taille: H9mm x B220mm x T150mm
Année: 2015