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English for Specific Purposes and Humour

This volume investigates the mechanisms and psychosocial aspects of humour related to specialised work environments, and foregrounds its role as one of the building blocks that shape the discourse, culture and identity of specialised communities. Through a cross-disciplinary approach, the book brings together an international team of authors using state-of-the art research to analyse the varieties, characteristics and functions of humour in and across a wide range of specialised fields, including law, policing, banking, marketing, and mental health, among many others.

English for specific purposes (ESP) researchers will appreciate the rich, multi-faceted explorations of the volume and the new insights it offers with regard to various fields of investigation. ESP teachers and learners will find the abundant examples of specialised workplace humour a valuable teaching and learning support to help access the ethos of specialised domains and enrich, and stimulate the dynamics of classroom practices.


Shaeda Isani works in English for specific purposes (ESP) teaching and research. She created the first research centre in France devoted to multilingual studies in the language, discourse and culture of specialised communities. Her main research interest lies in English for legal purposes, and, in 2011, she contributed a chapter in this field to the edited volume Researching Specialized Languages, which was awarded the triannual Enrique Alcaraz Prize for best publication in the field of ESP in English, German, Spanish, French or Portuguese. She has also published in the areas of the specialised languages of oenology, journalism and the “sin industries”.

Michel Van der Yeught is currently Professor Emeritus at Aix-Marseille University, France. He works in English for specific purposes (ESP) teaching and research, and his main scientific interests focus on financial English and on theorising the study of specialised languages. He has published widely on the English of the stock market, writing the first history of Wall Street in French (Une histoire de Wall Street, 2009). From 2013 to 2019, he was president of GERAS, the leading learned society for ESP in France.

"The comprehensive exploration of the diverse manifestations and applications of humour across various professional domains and linguistic contexts makes English for Specific Purposes and Humour a valuable contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship. Through meticulous analyses and insightful case studies, the book illuminates the intricate interplay between humour, language, and professional practice. Each section offers unique perspectives, ranging from the psycho-social functions of humour in uniformed professions to its role in scientific discourse and educational settings. This volume serves as a valuable resource for researchers, educators, and practitioners seeking to understand and harness the transformative potential of humour within specialized domains. It offers a thought-provoking examination of the multifaceted nature of humour and its implications for language education and professional practice. Moreover, its interdisciplinary approach and rich empirical insights make it a commendable addition to the growing, but still scarce, literature on humour studies and applied linguistics."

Selma Slezović Mehović Faculty of Education, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Belinda Crawford Camiciottoli

Miguel Ángel Campos-Pardillos

Audrey Cartron

Isabel Espinosa-Zaragoza

Laurence Harris

Shaeda Isani

Larissa Manerko

Silvia Molina Plaza

Katia Peruzzo

Anthony Saber

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ISBN: 1-5275-9205-7

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-9205-6

Release Date: 31st January 2023

Pages: 335

Price: £82.99

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ISBN13: 978-1-0364-0126-9

Release Date: 20th February 2024

Pages: 335

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