It's a Funny Thing, Humour

Proceedings of The International Conference on Humour and Laughter 1976

Author: Antony J. Chapman,Hugh C. Foot

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 148315825X

Category: Psychology

Page: 526

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It's a Funny Thing, Humour contains the papers presented at the International Conference on Humor and Laughter, held in Cardiff in July 1976. The symposium provides a platform from which authors from different professional and personal background can talk about their own definition and analysis of humor. The book is structured into 10 main sections that reflect the structure of the conference and presents various studies and research on the nature of humor and laughter. Contributions range from theoretical discussions to practical and experimental expositions. Topics on the psychoanalytical theory of humor and laughter; the nature and analysis of jokes; cross-cultural research of humor; mirth measurement; and humor as a tool of learning are some of the topics covered in the symposium. Psychologists, sociologists, teachers, communication experts, psychiatrists, and people who are curious to know more about humor and laughter will find the book very interesting and highly amusing.
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Handbook of Humor Research

Volume 1: Basic Issues

Author: P.E. McGhee,J.H. Goldstein

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461255724

Category: Psychology

Page: 252

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About a decade ago we edited The Psychology of Humor. Besides the summary chapter and bibliography of about 400 items, the book contained eleven original papers that represented the state of knowledge at that time. We confess that it was not easy to fill that volume with first-rate contributions. In a few instances we invited contributors only on the basis of having heard through the grapevine that they were doing interesting work on humor. Our sources proved reliable and we were pleased with the results. We even made new friends as a result of these blind invitations. But the fact remains that in the early 1970s there was only a handful of social scientists studying humor and laughter. The history of humor research prior to the 1970s can also be characterized in terms of the short-term commitment to investigating humor among those who did venture out and try their hand at designing humor studies. For reasons that remain unclear, many investigators published only one or two humor studies before abandoning the area in favor of some other research domain. We have the impression that for decades social scientists have been very intrigued by the idea of studying humor. Psychologists have suspected for a long time that humor somehow is very important in the lives of people. We find laughter and humor occurring almost wherever we find people engaged in social interaction.
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Humor and Children's Development

A Guide to Practical Applications

Author: Paul E Mcghee,Mary Frank

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317839927

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 294

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Here is the first book that is geared toward practical applications of humor with children. Health care professionals, counselors, social workers, students, and parents will find this to be a fascinating, instructive volume that illustrates how to effectively incorporate humor into children’s lives to produce enormously positive results. With a strong “how to” focus, this enlightening volume addresses the use of humor in the classroom--to promote learning and to foster higher levels of creative thinking. Experts who are on the cutting edge of humor and its benefits for children examine the importance of humor in fostering social and emotional development and in adapting to stressful situations. And for the scholarly reader, Humor and Children’s Development documents the major research trends focusing on humor and its development. This excellent resource--certain to spark further debate and research--offers an unrivaled opportunity to further understand children’s behavior and development. Humor and Children’s Development was featured in the February 1990 issue of Working Mother magazine in article titled “Let Laughter Ring!” by Eva Conrad. The chapter entitled “Humor in Children’s Literature” by Janice Alberghene was one of the finalists for the Children’s Literature Association’s Literary Criticism Award for the best critical article of 1988 on the subject of children’s literature.
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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor

Author: Salvatore Attardo

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317551168

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 540

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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor presents the first ever comprehensive, in-depth treatment of all the sub-fields of the linguistics of humor, broadly conceived as the intersection of the study of language and humor. The reader will find a thorough historical, terminological, and theoretical introduction to the field, as well as detailed treatments of the various approaches to language and humor. Deliberately comprehensive and wide-ranging, the handbook includes chapter-long treatments on the traditional topics covered by language and humor (e.g., teasing, laughter, irony, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, the major linguistic theories of humor, translation) but also cutting-edge treatments of internet humor, cognitive linguistics, relevance theoretic, and corpus-assisted models of language and humor. Some chapters, such as the variationist sociolinguistcs, stylistics, and politeness are the first-ever syntheses of that particular subfield. Clusters of related chapters, such as conversation analysis, discourse analysis and corpus-assisted analysis allow multiple perspectives on complex trans-disciplinary phenomena. This handbook is an indispensable reference work for all researchers interested in the interplay of language and humor, within linguistics, broadly conceived, but also in neighboring disciplines such as literary studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc. The authors are among the most distinguished scholars in their fields.
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Human Social Evolution

The Foundational Works of Richard D. Alexander

Author: Kyle Summers,Bernard Crespi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199339635

Category: Science

Page: 496

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Richard D. Alexander is an accomplished entomologist who turned his attention to solving some of the most perplexing problems associated with the evolution of human social systems. Using impeccable Darwinian logic and elaborating, extending and adding to the classic theoretical contributions of pioneers of behavioral and evolutionary ecology like George Williams, William Hamilton and Robert Trivers, Alexander developed the most detailed and comprehensive vision of human social evolution of his era. His ideas and hypotheses have inspired countless biologists, anthropologists, psychologists and other social scientists to explore the evolution of human social behavior in ever greater detail, and many of his seminal ideas have stood the test of time and come to be pillars of our understanding of human social evolution. This volume presents classic papers or chapters by Dr. Alexander, each focused on an important theme from his work. Introductions by Dr. Alexander's former students and colleagues highlight the importance of his work to the field, describe more recent work on the topic, and discuss current issues of contention and interest.
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Character Strengths and Virtues

A Handbook and Classification

Author: Christopher Peterson,Martin E. P. Seligman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199883246

Category: Psychology

Page: 816

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"Character" has become a front-and-center topic in contemporary discourse, but this term does not have a fixed meaning. Character may be simply defined by what someone does not do, but a more active and thorough definition is necessary, one that addresses certain vital questions. Is character a singular characteristic of an individual, or is it composed of different aspects? Does character--however we define it--exist in degrees, or is it simply something one happens to have? How can character be developed? Can it be learned? Relatedly, can it be taught, and who might be the most effective teacher? What roles are played by family, schools, the media, religion, and the larger culture? This groundbreaking handbook of character strengths and virtues is the first progress report from a prestigious group of researchers who have undertaken the systematic classification and measurement of widely valued positive traits. They approach good character in terms of separate strengths-authenticity, persistence, kindness, gratitude, hope, humor, and so on-each of which exists in degrees. Character Strengths and Virtues classifies twenty-four specific strengths under six broad virtues that consistently emerge across history and culture: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Each strength is thoroughly examined in its own chapter, with special attention to its meaning, explanation, measurement, causes, correlates, consequences, and development across the life span, as well as to strategies for its deliberate cultivation. This book demands the attention of anyone interested in psychology and what it can teach about the good life.
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Management Intelligence

Sense and Nonsense for the Successful Manager

Author: A. Furnham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230227430

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

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Adrian Furnham takes a sideways glance at management in this book of short essays. The essays are like tablets: to be taken a few at a time. They are designed to cure hangovers, reduce blood pressure and lighten the mood. They are also meant to be prophylactics against managerial madness. Take two, then call Adrian in the morning.
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Essays on the Sociology of Perception

Author: Mary Douglas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134557507

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

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First published in 1982, this is one of Mary Douglas' favourite books. It is based on her meetings with friends in which they attempt to apply the grip/group analysis from Natural Symbols. The essays have been important texts for preparing grid/group exercises ever since. She is still trying to improve the argument of Natural Symbols and is always hoping to find better applications to illustrate the power of the two dimensions used for accurate comparison.
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Quirkology

The Curious Science of Everyday Lives

Author: Richard Wiseman

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330526057

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

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Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected? You need some Quirkology in your life. While other scientists beaver away on obvious problems, Richard Wiseman has been busy uncovering the secret ingredients of charisma, exploring how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examining why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics that interest the general public as well as the scientific community, Quirkology brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread. Comparable to Freakonomics, but British, far more populist, and a lot funnier. Findings include: How does your surname influence your life? What does the way you walk reveal about your personality? Why should women have men write their personal ads? What is the funniest joke in the world?
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Jokes and the Linguistic Mind

Author: Debra Aarons

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136709312

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Through the lens of cognitive science, Jokes and the Linguistic Mind investigates jokes that play on some aspect of the structure and function of language. In so doing, Debra Aarons shows that these 'linguistic jokes' can evoke our tacit knowledge of the language we use. Analyzing hilarious examples from movies, plays and books, Jokes and the Linguistic Mind demonstrates that tacit linguistic knowledge must become conscious for linguistic jokes to be understood. The book examines jokes that exploit pragmatic, semantic, morphological, phonological and semantic features of language, as well as jokes that use more than one language and jokes that are about language itself. Additionally, the text explores the relationship between cryptic crossword clues and linguistic jokes in order to demonstrate the difference between tacit knowledge of language and rules of language use that are articulated for a particular purpose. With its use of jokes as data and its highly accessible explanations of complex linguistic concepts, this book is an engaging supplementary text for introductory courses in linguistics, psycholinguistics and cognitive science. It will also be of interest to scholars in translation studies, applied linguistics and philosophy of language.
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The World's Oldest Joke Book

Author: Dan Crompton

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1782432426

Category: Humor

Page: 143

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They say the old ones are the best, and this long-negelcted collection of jokes revived from the archives of Ancient Greece confirms that in some cases this is true, and in others it really isn't. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the first commercial translation of Philogelos - a 1600-year-old collection of Greek jokes. From absurd situations to general stupididity, farting to foolishness, this book contains a wealth of jokes, some of which still hit the mark and some that will have you groaning with laughter, even if it is because they're so bad, they're good! Includes such 'old chestnuts' as: . At a woman's funeral, a stranger solemnly asks, 'Who is resting here?' 'I am!' cries the widower, 'Now that she's gone!' From the sublime to the ridiculous, and despite some humour appearing to have been 'lost in translation', this bizarre collection of quips from our comedy forefathers is guaranteed to raise a smile.
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Instant Infinity

Author: Kris Alan Hanchett MD

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477104038

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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Instant Infinity is the first installment of a trilogy and a work of fiction based on fact. The story is told by Rose, a recent medical school graduate who is entering her medical internship in the morning. She is a bit anxious and is reminded of a summer when she was 12 & living in the Philippines with her American father & Philippina mother. During that year, while attending summer classes she was given an assignment to follow one of her parents at work for a week & report on her experience. Mom was out of town which left dad; her dad, the doctor. She bemused Why couldnt he have been something simple, like a gardener? The night before her assignment dad presented her with a poem he had written years earlier titled Instant Infinity which asks are we the victims of circumstance or are we the architects of it? This is the basic premise of the story. She didnt understand a word of it. However, the next day on her very first case something caught her attention. It happened so quickly that she feared shed missed it. She suspected it had something to do with dads poem, but it was gone as quickly as it had come. As the week wore on & the cases came faster & were more complex this happened again & again and she grew ever closer to experiencing what her dad often referred to as that fleeting whisper of a moment when everything seems to make sense; Instant Infinity.
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McQuail's Reader in Mass Communication Theory

Author: Denis McQuail

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761972433

Category: Social Science

Page: 427

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McQuail's Reader in Mass Communication Theory provides an invaluable resource of key statements drawn from communication studies, media sociology, and cultural studies, and includes an overview essay and section introductions which place the readings in their theoretical and methodological context. Designed as a companion to McQuail's Mass Communication Theory, it can also function independently of that text. provides an invaluable resource of key statements drawn from communication studies, media sociology, and cultural studies, and includes an overview essay and section introductions which place the readings in their theoretical and methodological context. Designed as a companion to , it can also function independently of that text.
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House

Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail

Author: Charles Osgood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1401395384

Category: Humor

Page: 256

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Charles Osgood, one of America's favorite news personalities, offers a hilarious compendium of anecdotes from the last seventy years of presidential campaigns. With anecdotes from Harry Truman to JFK to George W. Bush, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House captures the wit and humor of the campaign trail. Culled from speeches, interviews, press conferences, as well as articles written by and about the candidates--no source is left untapped. From Bob Dole telling reporters after a loss in the primary that "I slept like a baby--every two hours I woke up and cried," and Barry Goldwater's comment that his talkative opponent Hubert Humphreys "has been clocked at 275 words a minute with gusts up to 340," to Adlai Stevenson declaring that "If I talk over the people's head, Ike must be talking under their feet," this is the go-to source for campaign humor. Just when America most needs a good laugh, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House makes the seemingly endless race to the presidency a lot more fun.
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A Funny Thing Happened...

Author: Caroline Anderson

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1459253140

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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It should have been so simple All architect Sam Bradley intended was a visit to his grandparents, but he hadn't allowed for the weather! A blizzard brought him to a standstill by a run-down farm, and he'd just met Jemima and her dogs when the power failed! That led to some funny—and not so funny—mishaps! Sam might not be a countryman, but he was totally gorgeous, and his strength around the farm was a godsend. But before Jemima would allow herself to fall in love with Sam, she did begin to wonder when he would remember her….
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Good Humor: God's Kids Say the Funniest Things

The Best Jokes and Cartoons from The Joyful Noiseletter

Author: Cal Samra,Rose Samra

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

ISBN: 160742620X

Category: Humor

Page: 192

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Kids provide endless material for laughter—and this collection of humor, drawn from the files of The Joyful Noiseletter, is sure to please. Scores of jokes and humorous stories, all relating to the hilarious things kids say and do, are categorized into chapters and accompanied by the cartoons of talented Christian artists. Maybe you’ll see someone you know—even your own family—in this hilarious collection of young’un yuks. Read it with your kids, or give it as a gift to other parents or grandparents. Good Humor: God's Kids Say the Funniest Things is a sure-fire way to relieve the stress of daily life.
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A funny thing happened on the way to the agora

Author: R. Drew Griffith,Robert B. Marks

Publisher: Legacy Books Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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The authors embark on a lively and funny journey through the more bizarre activities of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, ranging everywhere from moochers to quacks to shrews to willing suckers.
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