Professor Diana Popa
Throughout history, and later on in contemporary academic research, people have tried to establish what humor is, as well as how it functions. In the present, there are over 100 competing theories of humor that range from general theories to characterizations and descriptions. This course takes a linguistic lens when trying to deconstruct the mechanism of humor. However, in our endeavor to understand what is funny, why it is funny, how it is funny, when it is funny, and to whom it is funny, we touch upon other aspects of humor, such as its inherent cultural component, social functions, and political implications. The course introduces and further illustrates the concepts of incongruity, script opposition, high context and low context humor, self-deprecating humor, and gelotophobia.