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8 January 2019
Esther-Linares Bernabéu, University of Alicante, GRIALE Research group
HUMOUR MARKERS: CUES TO RECOGNISE HUMOUR IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
This paper examines the role of humour markers in the process of humor recognition in a foreign language. After having reviewed the main body of research in the metapragmatics of humour (Verschueren, 2000; Ruiz Gurillo, 2016) and having presented the GRIALE research group theoretical model of humour markers (Ruiz Gurillo, 2012; Linares Bernabéu, 2017), we argue that humour is an effective tool to promote students’ awareness of the main uses and functions of the target language. In order to confirm this hypothesis, the main aim is to analyse the activation and development of the communicative competence through the use of several humorous genres –such as cartoons, jokes and stand-up comedy. Results show that humour linguistic and paralinguistic features are crucial metapragmatic clues for the students to infer the humorous meaning.