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International Journal of Humor Research

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Volume 24, Issue 2


Parsing the joke: The General Theory of Verbal Humor and appropriate incongruity

Elliott Oring
Published Online: 2011-04-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HUMR.2011.013


For more than a quarter of a century, the Semantic Script Theory of Humor (SSTH) and its successor, the General Theory of Verbal Humor (GTVH), have been employed to characterize the factors that define a joke, to describe the components of jokes and their interrelationships, and to provide a model for the analysis of joke texts. But these theories have never been adequately scrutinized. When approached from the perspective of appropriate incongruity some serious questions can be raised about these theories and their usefulness in joke analysis.

Keywords:: appropriate incongruity; GTVH; SSTH; humor theory; joke analysis

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Published Online: 2011-04-28

Published in Print: 2011-05-01

Citation Information: Humor - International Journal of Humor Research, Volume 24, Issue 2, Pages 203–222, ISSN (Online) 1613-3722, ISSN (Print) 0933-1719, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HUMR.2011.013.

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