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Analyzing Language and Humor in Online Communication

Book Description

Misunderstandings in technology-mediated communication can be due to a lack of tone and facial expression on the part of the speaker, which provide additional context clues into the meaning of the message beyond textual representation. As technology becomes more of a ubiquitous element in our interactions with one another, further study into the ways in which language and humor are conveyed online and impact human communication is essential. Analyzing Language and Humor in Online Communication presents a compendium of research into virtual communities, online communication, social networks, and the ways that language, and humor in particular, are being conveyed and understood in these digital environments. Emphasizing examples from popular culture and contemporary media, this innovative publication fills the current void in the literature by focusing specifically on humor creation and perception in the digital age. Students, researchers, linguists, psychologists, media professionals, and sociologists will find this publication to be a unique reference source.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. Editorial Advisory Board
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Chapter 1: Searching for Humor in Dehumanization
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. PART ONE: UNLIKELY MEMORIES: AMERICA AND THE HOLOCAUST
    4. PART TWO: UNLIKELY HUMOR: AMERICA AND THE HOLOCAUST
    5. PART THREE: UNKNOWN IMPACTS: THE GLOBALIZATION OF AMERICAN HOLOCAUST HUMOR
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
  9. Chapter 2: Negotiation of Wit in Facebook Humour
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
    4. ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. REFERENCES
    7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    8. ENDNOTES
  10. Chapter 3: More Than a Joking Matter
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. HUMOR CREATION IN OATT
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. REFERENCES
    7. ADDITIONAL READING
    8. KEYWORDS AND DEFINITIONS
    9. ENDNOTES
  11. Chapter 4: Speaking in the Free Marketplace of Ideas
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BLOG AS CONVERSATION
    4. CONVERSATIONAL HUMOUR
    5. BLOGVERSATIONAL HUMOUR AND HUMOROUS KEYING
    6. LINDA IKEJI’S BLOG AND THE LIB COMMUNITY
    7. METHODOLOGY
    8. ANALYSIS
    9. CONCLUSION
    10. REFERENCES
    11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  12. Chapter 5: Communicative Content of Selected Visual Construction of Humour on Facebook
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CONTEXTUALIZATION
    4. AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PAPER
    5. METHODOLOGY
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  13. Chapter 6: A Rhetoric of Visual Humor on Facebook
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. STUDY METHOD AND DATA
    4. ANALYSIZING FACEBOOK VISUAL HUMOR: A RHETOGRAPHICAL APPROACH
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. REFERENCES
    7. ADDITIONAL READING
    8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    9. ENDNOTE
  14. Chapter 7: A Linguistic Analysis of Klint Da Drunk's “Alcoholic” Talk Show
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW AND THEORETICAL CONSIDERATION
    4. METHODOLOGY
    5. ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION OF DATA
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    9. APPENDIX A
    10. APPENDIX B
  15. Chapter 8: Language and Humour in Cameroon Social Media
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. PREVIOUS STUDIES
    4. THEORETICAL FUNDAMENTALS
    5. DATA AND METHOD
    6. ANALYSIS
    7. DISCUSSION
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. ADDITIONAL READING
    11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  16. Chapter 9: “Can I Get in on the Joke, Too?”
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. MAIN FOCUS OF THE CHAPTER
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. REFERENCES
    7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  17. Chapter 10: Discursive Power Relations in Naijabookofjokes.com
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LINGUISTICS PERSPECTIVES ON HUMOUR
    4. METHODOLOGY
    5. FINDINGS AND DISCUSSIONS
    6. VALUES OF ONLINE JOKES IN THE NIGERIAN DEMOCRATIC SETTING
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  18. Chapter 11: Pragmatics of Humour in a Nigerian University's Departmental Chat Rooms
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS
    4. METHODOLOGY AND DESIGN
    5. ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. ADDITIONAL READING
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  19. Chapter 12: Stand-Up Comedy and Addressivity
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. ADDRESSIVITY
    4. REVIEW OF RELEVANT LITERATURE
    5. METHODOLOGY
    6. ANALYSIS
    7. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. ADDITIONAL READING
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    11. APPENDIX: TRANSCRIPTION PECULIARITIES
  20. Chapter 13: Humour in Visual-Verbal Code-Pairing in Selected Comments on the Facebook Forum
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. 1. INTRODUCTION
    3. 2. THE FACEBOOK FORUM
    4. 3. HUMOUR
    5. 4. VISUAL-VERBAL CODE-PAIRING, MULTIMODALITY AND INTERTEXTUALITY
    6. 5. THEORETICAL ORIENTATION
    7. 6. METHODOLOGY
    8. 7. PREVIOUS STUDIES
    9. 8. DATA ANALYSIS
    10. 9. CONCLUSION
    11. REFERENCES
  21. Chapter 14: Socio-Semiotics of Humour in Ebola Awareness Discourse on Facebook
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND TO STUDY: THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC
    4. SOCIAL MEDIA USE IN NIGERIA
    5. HUMOUR IN LANGUAGE USE
    6. HUMOUR IN THE NIGERIAN CONTEXT
    7. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK: KRESS AND VAN LEEUWEN’S SOCIAL SEMIOTICS
    8. METHODOLOGY
    9. DATA ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION OF FINDINGS
    10. FINDINGS AND CONCLUSION
    11. REFERENCES
  22. Chapter 15: Contextual Beliefs and Pragmatic Strategies in Online Humour
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
    4. METHODOLOGY
    5. PRAGMATIC STRATEGIES IN AKPOS JOKES
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    9. ENDNOTE
  23. Compilation of References
  24. About the Contributors