Argumentation and the comic in the works of some french linguists

Roselyne Koren

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The argumentation at work in scientific discourse is considered to be the fortress of seriousness, and yet tones of derision and the playful comic are manifested in the theoretical works of French pragmatist linguists. Their work uses both an analysis of comic stories promoted to the rank of illustration and a comic writing style in its own rhetoric. This research will try to answer the following questions: what is there in common between the imaginative, carefree, impertinent discourse of humor and the linguistics of utterances (pragmatics)? Is humor for these researchers a simple technique of attractive demonstration, or does it satisfy a need connected with a new conception of the deontology of the linguist?.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-110
Number of pages20
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1992


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