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The Dynamics of Linguistic Humor Comprehension

dc.contributor.advisor Newcity, Michael Dudley, Taela 2017-05-30T20:34:51Z 2017-05-30T20:34:51Z 2017-05-30
dc.description.abstract As a performance whose functioning relies heavily on sociocultural rules, humor does not easily transcend cultural and language lines. In most cases, humor comprehension requires more than fluency in a language. Linguistic humor in particular can create challenges for second language (L2) speakers because it demands fluency, as well as a higher competence of linguistic rules governing how the language is applied. This study aimed to examine the role that such competence may play in humor comprehension by determining if fluent L2 English speakers from first language (L1) Mandarin and French speech communities could understand Standard American English (SAE) linguistic humor. The findings suggest that comprehension of linguistic humor may be dependent on sufficient exposure to a speech community, but further research with larger population sizes is necessary.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Linguistics
dc.subject Humor
dc.subject Bilingualism
dc.subject Second Language
dc.subject Speech Communities
dc.title The Dynamics of Linguistic Humor Comprehension
dc.type Honors thesis
dc.department Linguistics

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