Drawing on examples of verbal and visual humour, the paper considers briefly some ways in which Koestler’s (1964) cognitive bisociation theory of humour creation might be interpreted using analytical tools and concepts (or adaptations thereof) from Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). It argues that bisociation is best interpreted as recontextualisation of some event, state or activity of which it is at the same time a coherent evolution. Recontextualisation brings conflicting value orientations to bear on ideational content. Intertextuality offers a way of explaining how these largely implicit interpersonal meanings are invoked, with reference to social norms concerning what is good or bad, allowed or not, necessary or not.

Towards a SFL reading of Koestler's bisociation theory of humour

SWAIN, ELIZABETH ANNE
2012-01-01

Abstract

Drawing on examples of verbal and visual humour, the paper considers briefly some ways in which Koestler’s (1964) cognitive bisociation theory of humour creation might be interpreted using analytical tools and concepts (or adaptations thereof) from Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). It argues that bisociation is best interpreted as recontextualisation of some event, state or activity of which it is at the same time a coherent evolution. Recontextualisation brings conflicting value orientations to bear on ideational content. Intertextuality offers a way of explaining how these largely implicit interpersonal meanings are invoked, with reference to social norms concerning what is good or bad, allowed or not, necessary or not.
9788871157672
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11368/2635507
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus ND
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact