On the Discourse of Satire: Towards a Stylistic Model of by Paul Simpson

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Or to put it another way, in the former, speech play is centripetal to discourse; in the latter, speech play is centrifugal to discourse. The idea that a single figure of (humorous) speech may at once function cohesively and disjunctively is an insightful one, and it will be shown later in this book, in Chapters 4 and 5, to have an important bearing on the way satirical texts are created and sustained. That said, the alignment of the cohesivedisjunctive distinction with its corresponding intentional-unintentional di-   Chapter 2 chotomy is not exactly straightforward, with the difficulty in part coming from the problematic status of intentionality in humour production.

Because they do it with the greatest of E’s”; after Lew 1997: 138) are a case in point, realising a category which also includes anagrams and palindromes. Situated at the interface between graphology and lexico-grammar, graphological puns thus find their exponence in written discourse only. ” “Oinkment”) inhere in morphophonemic structure rather than in the sorts of grammatical strings which characterise the phonological sequence puns discussed above. These are but two of a phalanx of more narrowly defined pun-types to which many other types can be added.

This setup-to-incongruity transition is perhaps most apparent in joke formulae which comprise a triad of scenarios in which the violation occurs on the third scenario.

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