The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor presents the first ever comprehensive, in-depth treatment of all the sub-fields of the linguistics of humor, broadly conceived as the intersection of the study of language and humor. The reader will find a thorough historical, terminological, and theoretical introduction to the field, as well as detailed treatments of the various approaches to language and humor. Deliberately comprehensive and wide-ranging, the handbook includes chapter-long treatments on the traditional topics covered by language and humor (e.g., teasing, laughter, irony, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, the major linguistic theories of humor, translation) but also cutting-edge treatments of internet humor, cognitive linguistics, relevance theoretic, and corpus-assisted models of language and humor. Some chapters, such as the variationist sociolinguistcs, stylistics, and politeness are the first-ever syntheses of that particular subfield. Clusters of related chapters, such as conversation analysis, discourse analysis and corpus-assisted analysis allow multiple perspectives on complex trans-disciplinary phenomena. This handbook is an indispensable reference work for all researchers interested in the interplay of language and humor, within linguistics, broadly conceived, but also in neighboring disciplines such as literary studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc. The authors are among the most distinguished scholars in their fields.

chapter 1|3 pages


BySalvatore Attardo

chapter 2|13 pages

An Overview of Humor Theory

ByCristina Larkin-Galiñanes

chapter 3|17 pages

Humor Universals

ByAnnarita Guidi

chapter 4|15 pages

Key Terms in the Field of Humor

ByChristian F. Hempelmann

chapter 5|15 pages

Linguistics and Humor Theory

BySalvatore Attardo, Victor Raskin

chapter 6|16 pages

The Isotopy Disjunction Model

ByAmal Aljared

chapter 7|15 pages

Puns and Tacit Linguistic Knowledge

ByDebra Aarons

chapter 8|14 pages


Taxonomy and Phonology
ByChristian F. Hempelmann, Tristan Miller

chapter 9|17 pages

Script-Based Semantic and Ontological Semantic Theories of Humor

ByVictor Raskin

chapter 10|17 pages

The General Theory of Verbal Humor

BySalvatore Attardo

chapter 11|15 pages

Humor and Narrative

ByWładysław Chłopicki

chapter 12|16 pages

Humor and Stylistics

ByPaul Simpson, Derek Bousfield

chapter 13|15 pages

Humor and Pragmatics

BySalvatore Attardo

chapter 14|15 pages

Relevance-Theoretic Treatments of Humor

ByFrancisco Yus

chapter 15|15 pages


ByMichael Haugh

chapter 16|15 pages

Politeness, Teasing, and Humor

ByMaria Shardakova

chapter 17|16 pages

Irony and Sarcasm

ByHerbert L. Colston

chapter 18|17 pages

Cognitive Linguistics and Humor Research

ByGeert Brône

chapter 19|15 pages

Psycholinguistic Approaches to Humor

ByBelem G. López, Jyotsna Vaid

chapter 20|13 pages

Neurolinguistics of Humor

ByHsueh-Chih Chen, Yu-Chen Chan, Ru-Huei Dai, Yi-Jun Liao, Cheng-Hao Tu

chapter 21|14 pages

Conversation Analysis of Humor

ByPhillip Glenn, Elizabeth Holt

chapter 22|13 pages

Functionalist Discourse Analysis of Humor

ByStephanie Schnurr, Barbara Plester

chapter 23|18 pages

Corpus-Assisted Studies of Humor and Laughter-Talk

ByAlan Partington

chapter 24|16 pages


ByJürgen Trouvain, Khiet P. Truong

chapter 25|15 pages

Failed Humor

ByNancy D. Bell

chapter 26|14 pages

Humor Support and Mode Adoption

ByJuanita M. Whalen, Penny M. Pexman

chapter 27|15 pages

Humor Markers

ByChristian Burgers, Margot van Mulken

chapter 28|14 pages

Prosodic and Multimodal Markers of Humor

ByElisa Gironzetti

chapter 29|16 pages

Humor and Translation

ByDelia Chiaro

chapter 30|14 pages

Audiovisual Translation of Humor

ByChiara Bucaria

chapter 31|12 pages

Humor and Second Language Development

ByNancy D. Bell

chapter 32|16 pages

Computational Treatments of Humor

ByJulia M. Taylor

chapter 33|17 pages

Sociolinguistic Approaches to Humor

ByCatherine E. Davies

chapter 34|15 pages

Genres of Humor

ByVilly Tsakona

chapter 35|15 pages

Online and Internet Humor

ByEric Weitz