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By Salvatore Attardo

This booklet provides a thought of lengthy funny texts in keeping with a revision and an improve of the final concept of Verbal Humour (GTVH), a decade after its first concept. the speculation is expert by way of present study in psycholinguistics and cognitive technological know-how. it truly is predicated at the undeniable fact that there are funny mechanisms in lengthy texts that experience no counterpart in jokes. The e-book encompasses a variety of case experiences, between them Oscar Wilde's Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Allais' tale Han Rybeck. A ground-breaking dialogue of the quantitative distribution of humor in choose texts is gifted

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The reason why Bentinck House was more crowded than usual is that the party the author is referring to happened to be the last one (for the year, scalar implicature from the maxim of quantity) before Easter. 15 Thus we arrive at the following tentative interpretation: the party [held by] [a woman named] Lady Windermere that occurred closest to the [Julian calendric point] Easter was taking place and [because of this] [a house called] Bentinck House was fuller of people than it was normal. Note that the RECEPTION script, in its "party" sense, immediately primes the reader for other components of the script, such as guests, entertainment, food, decorations, etc.

An example of dramatic humorous text is CBTD, a TV sitcom, while examples of conversational texts, in which there is no narrator, for the good reason that conversations are not "told" but engaged in, are analyzed in ch. (4). Certainly a large part of the book is taken by narratives (in fact, for a long time, the working title of the book was humorous narratives) and indeed, one of the conclusions that emerged early on in the work is that there are no significant differences between narrative and non-narrative texts, from the point of view of humor (except the obvious fact that non-narrative texts may not always exploit metanarrative sources of humor).

As pointed out in the previous chapter, the SSTH was developed using jokes as material, and it is intended to apply to jokes. Jokes however are only a limited subset of the types of humorous texts. The application of the SSTH to text types other than jokes has been pursued along two approaches (see Attardo 1994: ch. 6). The first approach may be called the "expansionist" approach and is based on the idea of applying the SSTH "as is" to other types of texts. The other approach can be labelled "revisionist" and is based on the idea that the SSTH needs to be revised in order to apply to humorous text types other than jokes.

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