2. Language and Humour

The view taken of humour and jokes in this dissertation is that they are essentially social activities. For example, Dascal (1985) contrasts feet-tickling and joking; the former is causal and does not require that the recipient recognises the actor’s intention, whereas jokes do. In other words, ‘jokes are mediated by consciousness’ (p.96.). The topic of humour is complex indeed and the following survey will consider it from the perspectives of linguistics, psychology, and sociology respectively. Though treated here separately these aspects of humour in practice are experienced as one.

2.1 Linguistics

2.2 Psychology

2.3 Sociology