> Organization: University of Derby
> Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 16:06:01 GMT
> Priority: normal
> Subject: Breaking preference structure as a humour eliciting device
> From: "Jim Gorman" <[log in to unmask]>
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> I am carrying out my third year thesis on conversational humour, more
> specifically, breaking preference structure. For example laughter is
> preferred after joke telling, but dispreferred after self
> depreciation (Gavioli, 1995).
> I am looking at whether breaking preference structure can be used as
> a humour eliciting device. My method will be conversational analysis
> and source of transcript is the 'Friends' TV preogram. An example of
> breaking preference structure can be seen below:
> Ross: okay (.) you know you probably didn't know this (.) but back in
> high school (.) I had a (.) crush on you.
> Rach: I know
> Ross: you did? (.) oh (.) I always figured you just thought I was
> Mo:incas geeky older brother.
> Rach: I did.
> In the above extract Rach breaks the preferred answer structure in
> both cases which elicits humour.
> Does anybody have any info that they think will be of use to me in my
> E-mail me at: [log in to unmask]
> Thanks Jim.
>Dear Jim,you may be interested in the following source which should
help you in your research in conversational analysis and humour.You
should look at the papers by Smith ,Greg and Hester,Stephen in the
book:- Paton,George,Chris Powell and Steve Wagg(eds).The Spcial Faces
of Humour:Practices and Issues.Arena,Aldershot,1996.You may or may
not have this in your Library but you can order it through
Inter-Library loan as it is a few other universities.Better still you
might recommend it as a purchase for your Library! It is,however,only
available in hardback and a bit pricey.
One other must in my view is the following:- Goffman,Erving.Forms of
Talk.Blackwell,Oxford,1981.This covers almost everything in terms of
coversational analysis,not least some references to humour.I can't
recall analyses of TV programmes from this standpoint but the work of
Arthur Berger springs to mind and a look at the Universities Stock
Booklist which will be in your Library may throw up something of
interest.Also all articles and books mentioned have extensive
Biblio-graphies on conversational analysis from humour standpoint.
Hope this helps with what sounds a vey interesting piece of
research.Please contact me further if you need any more help and
Sincerely yours, George Paton,Visiting Fellow,