Language and Humour in the Media

Language and Humour in the Media provides new insights into the interface between humour studies and media discourse analysis, connecting two areas of scholarly interest that have not been studied extensively before. The volume adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, concentrating on the various roles humour plays in print and audiovisual media, the forms it takes, the purposes it serves, the butts it targets, the implications it carries and the differences it may assume across cultures.

The phenomena described range from conversational humour, canned jokes and wordplay to humour in translation and news satire. The individual studies draw their material for analysis from traditional print and broadcast media, such as magazines, sitcoms, films and spoof news, as well as electronic and internet-based media, such as emails, listserv messages, live blogs and online news.

The volume will be of primary interest to a wide range of researchers in the fields of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, intercultural studies, pragmatics, communication studies, and rhetoric but it will also appeal to scholars in the areas of media studies, psychology and crosscultural communication.


Jan Chovanec is Assistant Professor of English Linguistics at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He holds a PhD in English Linguistics and specializes in discourse analysis, stylistics and pragmatics, with a focus on mass media discourse and an interest in legal language. He has published on such issues as multimodality, humour, the pragmatics of computer-mediated communication, political rhetoric, the representation of social actors, and the interactivity of discourse in media contexts. He is currently working on a book on the dialogic nature of the novel genre of live text commentary. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Brno Studies in English.

Isabel Ermida is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Minho in Portugal, where she is currently Head of the English Department. She holds a PhD on the Language of Humour and is the author of The Language of Comic Narratives (Mouton de Gruyter, 2008). She has also authored Linguistic Ambiguity in “The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare (1998) and Humour, Language and Narrative: Towards a Discourse Analysis of Literary Comedy (2003), both published in Portugal. Besides humour studies, her research interests include the linguistics/literature interface and the sociolinguistic expression of gender, age and ethnicity in media discourse.

"Language and Humour in the Media is a valuable collection: given the current state of research in the field, the book can serve ... as a rich source from which potential researchers can draw their inspiration. The publication can thus be seen as another piece in the mosaic of our knowledge within humour studies, discourse analysis, applied linguistics and cultural studies."

Gabriela Zapletalová University of Ostrava Ostrava Journal of Philology, 8:1 (2016)

"This book is a very significant contribution to the rapidly evolving research on media discourse and humorous texts. In my view, this collection of papers is a first-class volume, highly recommended to all researchers interested in the uses of humour in modern media."

Vasia Tsami European Journal of Humour Research, 1:4

“Jan Chovanec and Isabel Ermida have put together an exciting new collection of papers by internationally recognised researchers from the fields of linguistics, discourse analysis and humour studies. A book where the television sitcom meets the glossy magazine, Language and Humour in the Media is an invaluable research resource for anyone interested in the widespread interconnections between humour and media discourse.”
Professor Paul Simpson
Queen’s University Belfast

''[T]he volume brings together very different papers, showing that humour has its special functions in mass media discourse. These functions range from being a mechanism of coping with difficulties to being a marketing tool or a strategy for activating ethnic stereotypes. ... Overall, the volume is an important contribution to the field of humour research. It will be of interest not only to those involved in verbal and non-verbal humour research, but also to those interested in cultural studies.''
Ksenia Mikhailovna Shilikhina
LINGUIST List 24.2304 (June 2013)

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ISBN: 1-4438-3894-2

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-3894-8

Release Date: 13th June 2012

Pages: 260

Price: £39.99

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