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FYI: 3rd European Workshop: Humor Studies


Author: Delia Chiaro

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

FYI Body: 3RD EUROPEAN WORKSHOP IN HUMOUR STUDIES:HUMOUR, LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND
CONVERSATION (HLCC2005)

DATE: 26-MAY-2005 - 28-MAY-2005
LOCATION: BERTINORO (BOLOGNA), ITALY
CONTACT: DELIA CHIARO
CONTACT EMAIL: DELIA.CHIARO@UNIBO.IT
MEETING URL:
HTTP://WWW.UNIBO.IT/PORTALE/RELAZIONI+INTERNAZIONALI/SUMMER+SCHOOL/SUMMER/HUMOUR.HTM

EVERYDAY CONVERSATION THRIVES ON WORD PLAY, IRONY, ANECDOTES AND JOKES. AN
ACCOUNT OF JOKING WILL BE A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF ANY COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF
CONVERSATION. AT THE SAME TIME, CONVERSATION IS THE NATURAL HOME OF
PUNNING, ALLUSION AND JOKING. WE UNDERSTAND THESE FORMS OF HUMOR ONLY IF WE
CAN EXPLAIN THEIR INTEGRATION INTO EVERYDAY TALK AND THEIR FUNCTIONING IN IT.

HUMOR INFLUENCES THE ORGANIZATION OF CONVERSATION ON ALL LEVELS. JOKING
HELPS US NEGOTIATE GREETINGS, FILL UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCES AND CHANGE TOPICS
WITHOUT OFFENDING ANYONE-THUS HUMOR GREASES THE GEARS OF EVERYDAY TALK AND
KEEPS OUR INTERACTIONS WORKING SMOOTHLY. NEVERTHELESS, PUNNINGAND JOKING
MAY ALSO DISRUPT THE CUSTOMARY SEQUENCE AND FLOW OF TURN-BY-TURN TALK, AND
DISTRACT US FROM THE NORMAL BUSINESS OF CONVERSATION. INDEED, FOR SOME
CONVERSATIONALISTS, THE PLAY PORTION OF ANY TALK MAY REMAIN QUITE HIGH EVEN
DURING BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS.

DUE EITHER TO AN INDIVIDUAL JOKING STYLE OF CONVERSATION OR TO A HABIT OF
JOKING WITH CERTAIN FRIENDS OR COLLEAGUES, SOME SPEAKERS TREAT MUCH OF
THEIR TALK AS AN ONGOING COMPETITION TO OUT-JOKE THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS OR
AT LEAST A CERTAIN GROUP OF THEM. HUMOR HAS OFTEN BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH
AGGRESSION, BUT IN EVERYDAY CONVERSATIONAL INTERACTION WE OFTEN FIND HUMOR
IN THE ROLE OF THE PEACE-MAKER.

ALL FORMS OF CONVERSATIONAL JOKING RATE FAIRLY LOW ON AN OVERALL SCALE OF
AGGRESSION, AND PARTICIPANTS OFTEN DEPLOY HUMOR TO ALLEVIATE AGGRESSION AND
TO RESOLVE DISPUTE SEQUENCES. HUMOR IS ALSO A MAJOR FACTOR IN THE PERSONAL
IDENTITY WE CONSTRUCT IN FACE-TO-FACE INTERACTION. THE KINDS OF JOKES WE
TELL AND ENJOY, THE TYPES OF CONVERSATIONAL JOKING WE ENGAGE IN (AND WITH
WHOM), THE SORTS OF HUMOR WE LOOK FOR IN FILMS, IN BOOKS AND ON THE
INTERNET ALL CONTRIBUTE TO THE INDIVIDUAL SENSE OF HUMOR WE PROJECT.

CONVERSATIONAL JOKING ALLOWS US TO TEST FOR COMMON GROUND AND CREATE
RAPPORT IN AN INDIRECT AND ENTERTAINING FASHION. IN POKING FUN AT
UNDESIRABLE BEHAVIOR PATTERNS OF OUTSIDERS AND LAPSES AMONG INSIDERS,
MOCKING AND SARCASM SERVE AS A CONTROL ON IN-GROUP BEHAVIOR. INDEED, JOKING
WORKS TO CIRCUMSCRIBE LANGUAGE BEHAVIOR IN PARTICULAR, HELPING
CONVERSATIONALISTS EVOLVE A COMMON CODE AND ENFORCING A WAY OF SPEAKING FOR
THE PARTICULAR INTERACTION, FOR THE GROUP AND, ULTIMATELY, FOR THE
LINGUISTIC COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

JOKES AND PERSONAL ANECDOTES ARE IMPORTANT NARRATIVE RESOURCES FOR
CONVERSATIONAL HUMOR. THE INTERNAL STRUCTURES OF JOKES AND FUNNY STORIES
BEAR CONSIDERABLE INTEREST IN THEMSELVES, BUT WE MUST NOT FORGET THE
CONTEXTUAL ASPECTS OF THE JOKE TELLING PERFORMANCE, LISTENER RESPONSE,
HECKLING, BY-PLAY, AND COMPETITIVE JOKE TELLING SESSIONS. JOKES DEVELOP
COHESIVELY OUT OF SERIOUS TOPICAL TALK OR WORD PLAY; THEY SEGUE BACK INTO
SERIOUS TALK ABOUT THE CONTENT, QUALITY OR PERFORMANCE OF THE JOKE
ITSELF-OR THEY SUGGEST FURTHER JOKES OF SIMILAR OR DIFFERENT TYPES AND ON
RELATED OR UNRELATED TOPICS. EFFECTIVE JOKE TELLING REQUIRES A CAREFUL
CHOICE OF MATERIAL, ACCOMMODATION TO THE AUDIENCE, AND A RANGE OF
PERFORMANCE STRATEGIES, ALL DESCRIBABLE IN STRUCTURAL AND SOCIOLINGUISTIC
TERMS.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND FEE
THE WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO A MAXIMUM OF 35 PARTICIPANTS AND THE TOTAL COST OF
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION AMOUNTS TO EURO 450.00 WHICH INCLUDES:

PARTICIPATION FEES
ACCOMMODATION 4 NIGHTS SINGLE ROOM WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOM
HALF BOARD - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

ALL THE PARTICIPANTS WILL RESIDE ON SITE.

ON LINE APPLICATION FORM:
HTTP://WWW.CENTROCONGRESSIBERTINORO.IT/EN/INIZIATIVE/INDEX.CFM?FB=PRENOTA&F_NEWS_ID=312
ENROLLMENT BY END OF APRIL 2005

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