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Title: Humor in the Language Classroom
Subtitle: A discursive analysis of interactions in the language classroom
Written By: Giampaolo Poletto
Description:

The production and understanding of humor are supposed to commonly occur in an
educational environment. Nevertheless, such a kind of spontaneous, unpredictable,
situational humor is quite elusive and hard to outline in scientifically spendible terms. In the
perspective of the present study, instances of humor are part of the interactional practices
between the teacher and learners in a language classroom. Observations and conclusions are
empirically grounded on the analysis of authentic samples collected in my four-year activity
with different groups of Hungarian foreign learners of Italian. Humor is viewed as a tool which
offers a privileged viewpoint on a multiplicity of aspects, namely discursive, psychological
and didactic. The goal is to instantiate and achieve an attemptive description of the
emergence of verbal humor in the routine teaching practice. My research aims to make a first
affirmative step - and to some extent pave the way - towards more thorough and systematic
interdisciplinary insights on humor in the language classroom, as an area of research
identifiable for its specific traits and the multi-oriented function and role of humor.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Lambert Academic Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3843375372
ISBN-13: 9783843375375
Pages: 204
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