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Research on humour has developed enormously in the last few years, but the scope of its analysis has also broadened in a similar fashion. The papers collected in the reviewed volume do cover most of the research issues that any pragmatics of humour should address, even if this collection of articles exhibits a certain degree of heterogeneity. However, there is a unifying link among the chapters in the authors’ willingness to treat humour as necessarily contextualized and also to take into account both underlying humorous intentions and the quality of interpretations.

Affiliations: 1: University of Alicante, Spain francisco.yus@ua.es

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Research on humour has developed enormously in the last few years, but the scope of its analysis has also broadened in a similar fashion. The papers collected in the reviewed volume do cover most of the research issues that any pragmatics of humour should address, even if this collection of articles exhibits a certain degree of heterogeneity. However, there is a unifying link among the chapters in the authors’ willingness to treat humour as necessarily contextualized and also to take into account both underlying humorous intentions and the quality of interpretations.

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1. Sperber Dan ,and Wilson Deirdre. , 1981. "Irony and the use-mention distinction". In Cole P. (ed.), Radical Pragmatics , 295- 318. New York, NY: Academic Press.
2. Wilson Deirdre. 2006. "The pragmatics of verbal irony: echo or pretence?" Lingua Vol 116: 1722- 1743. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2006.05.001
3. Wilson Deirdre ,and Sperber Dan. 1992. "On verbal irony". Lingua Vol 87: 53- 76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0024-3841(92)90025-E
4. Yus Francisco. 1997. La interpretación y la imagen de masas . Alicante: Diputación de Alicante, Instituto de Cultura Juan Gil-Albert.
5. Yus Francisco. 2002. "Stand-up comedy and cultural spread: the case of sex roles". Babel A.F.I.A.L . (Special issue on humour studies): 245- 292.
6. Yus Francisco. 2008. "A relevance-theoretic classification of jokes". Lodz Papers in Pragmatics Vol 4: 131- 157.
7. Yus Francisco. 2011. Cyberpragmatics. Internet-Mediated Communication in Context . Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
8. Yus, Francisco. forthcoming. Strategies and effects in humorous discourse. The case of jokes. In B. Eizaga Rebollar (ed.), Studies in Linguistics and Cognition. Berlin: Peter Lang.
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