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The Language of Humor
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1. Introduction and overview; 2. Humor in anthropology; 3. Humor and art; 4. Humor and Business; 5. Humor and computer science; 6. Humor and education; 7. Humor and gender studies; 8. Humor and geography; 9. Humor and gerontology; 10. Humor and history; 11. Humor and journalism; 12. Humor and law; 13. Humor and linguistics; 14. Humor and literature; 15. Humor in medicine and health; 16. Humor and music; 17. Humor in names and naming; 18. Humor in the performing arts; 19. Humor and philosophy; 20. Humor in physical education and sports; 21. Humor and politics; 22. Humor and psychology; 23 Humor and religion; 24. Humor in rhetoric and composition; 25. Humor and sociology; Conclusion.

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Explores how humor can be explained across the various sub-disciplines of linguistics, in order to aid communication.

About the Author

Don L. F. Nilsen is in the Humanities Division of Arizona State University's Emeritus College. Together with Alleen Pace Nilsen, he has authored an abundance of books including Literature for Today's Young Adults (2012), Pronunciation Contrasts in English (2010) and Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Humor (2000). He is one of the leading pioneers in humor studies, and has received a lifetime achievement award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and the International Society for Humor Studies. Alleen Pace Nilsen is in the Humanities Division of Arizona State University's Emeritus College. Together with Don L. F. Nilsen, she has authored an abundance of books including Literature for Today's Young Adults (2012), Pronunciation Contrasts in English (2010) and Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Humor (2000). She is one of the leading pioneers in humor studies, and has received a lifetime achievement award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and the International Society for Humor Studies.

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'A hilarious romp through a cornucopia of examples on a dizzying variety of subjects. Quintessential Nilsens' work!' Salvatore Attardo, Texas A & M University
'... a must read for any of us in humor studies, English, and several other disciplines ... the perfect complement to the former papers on each of the topics covered, all gathered in one readable and clearly written volume. The field of humor research is, as always, greatly enhanced by the Nilsens, and no library would be complete without their newest compilation.' Joyce M. Saltman, Professor Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University
`A hilarious romp through a cornucopia of examples on a dizzying variety of subjects. Quintessential Nilsens' work!' Salvatore Attardo, Texas A & M University
`... a must read for any of us in humor studies, English, and several other disciplines ... the perfect complement to the former papers on each of the topics covered, all gathered in one readable and clearly written volume. The field of humor research is, as always, greatly enhanced by the Nilsens, and no library would be complete without their newest compilation.' Joyce M. Saltman, Professor Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University

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