chapter  5
Linguistics and Humor Theory
BySalvatore Attardo, Victor Raskin
Pages 15

This chapter aims to locate the linguistic theories within the space of humor theory at large. It required a major development of the humor theory to expand the purview to larger texts over the next two decades. Humor theory is set up on the strictly Popperian view that every hypothesis must set up a reliable way to be falsified, in principle-otherwise, it is a faith. That a joke is based on Oring's appropriate ambiguity or McGraw's benign violation are, therefore, acts of faith that no serious researcher shares. Basing itself on semantic scripts, script-based humor theory is an application of linguistics semantics, where scripts are a part of the theoretical apparatus of semantics independently of humor. Humor research is multidisciplinary, and many disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, communication, and literary studies, to name just a few, disdain theory and do without. It is rather tempting to do in a difficult field of human-related notions.