Comedy in Pragmatic

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  • Topic: Pragmatics, Cooperative principle, Gricean maxims
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The pragmatic analysis on humorous language in comic sketches Language is an art, which not only stands for its culture, but also a tool for communication among people. The use of language and context are inseparable. Comedy sketches are indispensable condiment in our spare time, the production of humorous language depends on the parole used in the specific conditions, misunderstanding presupposition , inappropriate use of deixis, observance or violation of cooperative principles in conversations and so on, which are the important pragmatic reasons produced from comedy sketches. Communication in natural language involves reasoning based on not only logical relations, but also contextual information and human intention. Quite often, dependence on the latter goes so far that pure logic can be overridden. As a consequence, we derive implicatures —meanings that are not intrinsically part of the linguistic forms used. The fact that we can generally derive the communicated implicatures presupposes that conversation hinges on some general principle or logic. Therefore, we need to discover the “logic” of conversation(as opposed to formal logic) in order to answer the question of how hears can manage to understand speakers’ meanings, especially implied meanings. The answer is the Cooperative Principle, proposed by Paul Grice in a paper entitled “logic and conversation” (make your conversational contribution such as is required, at the stage at which it occurs, by the accepted purposed or direction of the talk exchange in which you are engaged. One might label this cooperative principle) The Cooperative Principle being a very rough and general formulation, Paul Grice went on to make it specific. He argued that in accordance with the general principle, 1) the hearer may assume that the speaker adheres to a number of maxims;2) The assumption guides the hearer in making inferences about what the speaker intends to communicate. Grice proposed that the Cooperative Principle of...
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