Presentation on theme: "STYLISTICS AND VERBAL HUMOUR"— Presentation transcript:
1 STYLISTICS AND VERBAL HUMOUR Two principles underpin the language of humour:Humour requires incongruityAny kind of stylistic twist in the pattern of languageAny situation where there is a mismatch between what is said and what is meant.Incongruity can be located at any layer of linguistic structureTherefore stylistics analysis of humour involves locating the incongruity and indicating whereabouts in the language system it occurs.
2 COMMONLY USED STYLISTIC DEVICES FOR HUMOUR The punParodySatire
3 THE PUNForm of word play in which some feature of linguistic structures combines two possible unrelated meanings nor moreSee the following names of hairdressing salons:ShylocksCurl up and dyeShear LuckStreaks AheadHair Affair
4 PARODY Parody on satire play on a particular kind of irony Irony= situated in the incongruity of what one says and what one meansOne is to say opposite of what you mean. You hit someone with something and they say “Thanks a lot!”Another way is to echo what one says. Eg This is fantastic , echo: Fantastic indeed! It smells great doesn’t it!Echoing is critical to parodying
5 SATIREParody and satire are related- difference not always easy to make out.Commonly assumed that satire is aggressive in a way that parody is not necessarily so.Parody can remain affectionate to their source, not so satire (satire’s aim is to both ridicule and make fun of), parody may be just a little harmless humor.