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Negative assessments in humour: a way of doing gender
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2012 (English)In: Multimodal communication, ISSN 2230-6579, Vol. 1, no 2, 127-146 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Being humorous is more than just being able to tell jokes. The uptake of the joke is as important in order to be funny. I have examined the Swedish humour panel show Parlamentet in a conversation- and multimodal-centered analysis. I argue that the representation of gender does play a part in who is able to be humorous, as I see humour as a group achievement. In my examples of women negatively assessing or teasing men on the panel, I am interested in how the other participants react and play along the humorous story. I conclude that women and men tend to have different expectations on who will be able to continue the humorous story and that the distribution of attention in the panel reflect those expectations. The women’s joke do not render in as much laughter or attention from the panel as the men’s attempt of being humorous.

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Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Multimodal Research Center , 2012. Vol. 1, no 2, 127-146 p.
Keyword [en]
Gender, Sweden, humour, Conversation analysis, multimodality
Keyword [sv]
Kön, språk, humor, samtalsanalys, multimodalitet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58153OAI: diva2:547135
Available from: 2012-08-27 Created: 2012-08-27 Last updated: 2013-05-23Bibliographically approved

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