Josiane Boutonnet

Josiane Boutonnet

Deputy Head of the School of Humanities

  • Email address J.Boutonnet@wlv.ac.uk
  • Phone number 01902 3495
  • Location MX Building, MX103
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts
  • Institute School of Humanities
  • Areas of expertise

    Language and humour

    Gender and Language

Josiane is the Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and lectures in English Language and Linguistics and is based at Wolverhampton City Campus.  She teaches a range of English language modules for students of English, English Language and Linguistics.  She also works as a Senior Academic Counsellor and Faculty Enabling Tutor for the School of Humanities.  Her research interests relate primarily to the study of language and humour: in particular Discourse Analysis and Conversation Analysis, Pragmatics and Gender Differences. More recently she has researched humour in Computer-Mediated Communication. She is a member of the board for the International Summer School on Humour and Laughter, and was a co-organiser of the Summer School held in Telford in 2004 and in 2018: International Summer School on Humour and Laughter 2018 

  • Conversational impromptu humour
  • Face, Politeness and Impoliteness Theories
  • Gender and language
  • Social media and humour
  • BA (Hons) First Class, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1988
  • MA Special Applications in Linguistics, Birmingham University 1990

Articles

  • 2000 - Verbal Humour as the Ultimate Level in Language Learning: Accessing the Contextual Properties of Humour in Everyday Conversation, in Coulthard, M. et al (eds) Dialogue Analysis VII: Working with Dialogue, Tűbingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag
  • 2003 - Questions as Gambits Marking Humorous Discourse, Antares, Revista de Cultura sub egida Uniunii Seriitorilor, September 2003, pages 40-48
  • 2005 - Irony: Stylistic Approaches, in Brown, K. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd ed.), Volume 6, Amsterdam: Elsevier
  • 2006 - Irony: Stylistic Approaches, in Brown, K. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd ed.), Volume 6, pp 28-31, Amsterdam: Elsevier, online encyclopedia, March 2006

Book Reviews for Publishers

  • 1996 - July Book Proposal Review for Routledge (Cameron, D. The Feminist Critique of Language, 2nd Edition)
  • 1998 - March Book Proposal Review for Routledge (Trask, Language: the Basics, 2nd Edition)
  • March Book Review for Routledge (Goatly, A. Ideology in reading and writing)
  • March Book Review for Routledge (Goddard, A. Language and Gender, Intertext Series)

Published Book Reviews

  • 2005 - Book Review for  Multilingua, Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, pp.152-155, (Lesley Milroy and Matthew Gordon,  Sociolinguistics: Method and Interpretation  Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2003, pp.v + 261)
  • 2015 - Review for The Humorous Times, pp 10-11, (Graeme Ritchie, The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes London: Routledge, 2014, pp.243)

Conference Papers

  • Verbal Humour as the Ultimate Level in Language Learning: Accessing the Contextual Properties of Humour in Everyday Conversation, IADA Dialogue Conference, University of Birmingham, UK 1999
  • Why Don’t Women Wear Watches..? Questions as Gambits Marking Humorous Discourse, 2nd International Conference on Questions, The North-West Centre for Linguistics and the University of Liverpool, UK, 1999
  • I tell ye summat.. A Study of Black Country Humour, ISHS (International Society for Humour Studies) Conference, University of Maryland, US, 2001
  • Performing Gender, Performing Humour, ISHS Conference, University of Bologna, Italy, 2002
  • Humour in Synchronous Online Communication, ISHS Conference, IUT Dijon, France, 2004
  • Irony and Sarcasm: Stylistic Aspects, International Summer School on Humour and Laughter, University of Tübingen, Germany, 2005
  • Humour and Im/politeness: A discursive approach, University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain, 2008
  • Theories of Im/politeness and Humour and Humour: Towards a Model of Communication for Spoken Discourse, University of Łodź, Poland
  • Discursive Approach to Im/politeness Research and Humour: Theories of Identity and the Concept of Face, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Face, Im/politeness and Humour Research, FACE Symposium, University of Huddersfield, UK, 2011
  • Face, Im/politeness and Humour Research, ISHS Conference, Boston University, US, 2011
  • A Case Study of Humour and Facework Among a Group of Adults, Kraków, Poland, 2012
  • What Can Humour Tell Us About Gender Today? Conference ‘Is Gender Still Relevant, Bradford, UK,  2014
  • Ambient Affiliation: Humour on Twitter, ISHS, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 2016

Conference Organisation:

  • 4th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter at University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK (Sept. 6-11, 2004)
  • 18th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter at University of Wolverhampton, Telford, UK (July. 2-7th, 2018)