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A Conceptual Blending Theory of Humour

Selected British Comedy Productions in Focus


Joanna Jabłońska-Hood

The book presents an analysis of humour in a selection of British comedy productions. The conceptual integration theory devised by Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner, also known as blending, provides the tool for explaining the creation of humour in detail. It seems that blending can elaborate on the origin and cause of funniness, and, therefore, should be included as a linguistic theory of humour in the wide range of contemporary humour theories available. The backdrop against which any humour may be analysed is provided in this study by comparing and contrasting various humour theories which are popular among scholars dealing with comedy and laughter.
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Figure 1.

The Identification Principle

Figure 2.

A schematic representation of blending processes, i.e. a conceptual integration network20

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