8.4 Negotiating The Serious Import Of Humour

In her study of the serious import of humour Emerson (1969) makes a variety of points relevant to this discussion, four of which will be focused on here. These are:

· negotiating prior permission to joke (p.170)
· the interactive establishment of meaning (p.171)
· treating a joke seriously adds to its import (p.175)
· three possible positions a joker can adopt when challenged (p.176)


8 Humour in Context: The Thatcher Joke>

8.4 Negotiating The Serious Import of Humour>

8.4.1 Negotiating Prior Permission To Joke>

8.4.2 The Interactive Establishment Of Meaning>
8.4.3 Taking A Joke Seriously Adds To Its Import> 8.4.4 Three Possible Positions A Joker Can Adopt When Challenged>