chapter  28
Prosodic and Multimodal Markers of Humor
ByElisa Gironzetti
Pages 14

This chapter provides an overview of existing studies on markers of humor, including prosody, laughter, and other paralinguistic phenomena, such as smiling, ranging from Sacks's pioneer study on the telling of a joke, to recent experimental studies on the prosodic markers of humor in conversation, to the role of laughter and other multimodal cues as possible markers of humor. After reviewing the abundant literature on laughter as a marker of humor, the chapter advocates for the need of departing from a linguocentric perspective and moving towards multimodality to explore whether and how humor may be marked by means of multimodal non-linguistic signals in conversation. Laughter was among the first phenomena used by scholars to talk about humor, and its role in relation