Phraseology for humor in Spanish: Types, functions and discourses

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Title: Phraseology for humor in Spanish: Types, functions and discourses
Authors: Ruiz Gurillo, Leonor
Research Group/s: Grupo de Estudio para la Pragmática y la Ironía del Español de la Universidad de Alicante (GRIALE) | EPA-IULMA
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Española, Lingüística General y Teoría de la Literatura
Keywords: Humor | Phraseological markers | Phraseological indicators | Discursive marker idioms | Specific utterances | Idioms | Phraseological schemata
Knowledge Area: Lengua Española
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Citation: Lingvisticæ Investigationes. 2015, 38(2): 191-212. doi:10.1075/li.38.2.01rui
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to propose a phraseological approach to humor in Spanish. Phraseological units will be analyzed as markers or indicators in accordance with a revised General Theory of Verbal Humor (Ruiz-Gurillo, 2012, 2013). A marker is a linguistic element which helps to understand humor; instead, an indicator is a per se humorous element. Thus, discursive marker idioms can be used as markers that infringe the prerequisite of Quality (Levinson, 2000; Rodríguez-Rosique, 2013), whereas routine formulas, specific utterances, phraseological schematas, etc., could behave as indicators. These phraseological indicators have to do not only with the infringement of the Manner Principle but also with that of the Informativity principle. En serio and es broma are analyzed as phraseological markers of humor. Routine formulas such as tus nietos no te olvidan, ¿¡qué vamos a hacer!?, ¡que me parta un rayo!, ¡me la suda! or ¡que os den!, specific utterances such as no somos nadie, el roce hace el cariño, idioms such as a buenas horas and phraseological schematas such as ni columna ni columno are proposed as phraseological indicators. Our corpus contains humorous monologues and parodies.
Sponsor: This research was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Grant FFI2012-30941 “Innovaciones lingüísticas del humor: géneros textuales, identidad y enseñanza del español” [Linguistic innovations of humor: textual genres, identity and teaching of Spanish] (2012–15).
ISSN: 0378-4169 (Print) | 1569-9927 (Online)
DOI: 10.1075/li.38.2.01rui
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © John Benjamins Publishing Company
Peer Review: si
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