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A Pragmatic Analysis of the Humour in The Big Bang Theory: A qualitative study focusing on non-observances of Grice’s conversational maxims
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Languages.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to investigate, using Grice’s theories, two episodes from the sitcom named The Big Bang Theory in terms of finding out how the flouting and other non-observances of Gricean maxims of quantity, quality, relation and manner are deployed to generate humour in the series. Another aim is to find out whether a certain Gricean maxim was non-observed more than any other. The Analysis section includes transcriptions of the selected parts of the two episodes which I have analysed. I found that the Gricean maxims serve as waypoints to humour in combination with extra-linguistic features such as body language, facial expressions, tone of voice etc.

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2012. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
Gricean maxims, four conversational maxims, the Cooperative principle, humour, The Big Bang Theory, non-observances
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-9302Local ID: ENG C-37OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-9302DiVA: diva2:482824
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English
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2012-01-27 Created: 2012-01-24 Last updated: 2016-04-12Bibliographically approved

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