Linguistic Humor: Amusing and Abusing with Language

Description: Seminar, five hours. Requisite: English Composition 3. Study of how principles of science of linguistics are applied in analyzing language structure. Data from humor and other amusements, such as secret languages (Pig Latin and more). Introduction to basics of linguistics analysis, including language sound systems, syntactic analysis, word structure, word meaning, and pragmatics. Focus on nature of language as innate part of human biology that allows people from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds to adapt language for humorous purposes, albeit shaped by culture as to what counts as funny. Satisfies Writing II requirement. P/NP or letter grading.

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