The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor presents the first ever comprehensive, in-depth treatment of all the sub-fields of the linguistics of humor, broadly conceived as the intersection of the study of language and humor. The reader will find a thorough historical, terminological, and theoretical introduction to the field, as well as detailed treatments of the various approaches to language and humor. Deliberately comprehensive and wide-ranging, the handbook includes chapter-long treatments on the traditional topics covered by language and humor (e.g., teasing, laughter, irony, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, the major linguistic theories of humor, translation) but also cutting-edge treatments of internet humor, cognitive linguistics, relevance theoretic, and corpus-assisted models of language and humor. Some chapters, such as the variationist sociolinguistcs, stylistics, and politeness are the first-ever syntheses of that particular subfield. Clusters of related chapters, such as conversation analysis, discourse analysis and corpus-assisted analysis allow multiple perspectives on complex trans-disciplinary phenomena. This handbook is an indispensable reference work for all researchers interested in the interplay of language and humor, within linguistics, broadly conceived, but also in neighboring disciplines such as literary studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc. The authors are among the most distinguished scholars in their fields.

chapter 1|3 pages


chapter 3|17 pages

Humor Universals

chapter 6|16 pages

The Isotopy Disjunction Model

chapter 7|15 pages

Puns and Tacit Linguistic Knowledge

chapter 8|14 pages


Taxonomy and Phonology

chapter 11|15 pages

Humor and Narrative

chapter 12|16 pages

Humor and Stylistics

chapter 13|15 pages

Humor and Pragmatics

chapter 15|15 pages


chapter 16|15 pages

Politeness, Teasing, and Humor

chapter 17|16 pages

Irony and Sarcasm

chapter 24|16 pages


chapter 25|15 pages

Failed Humor

chapter 27|15 pages

Humor Markers

chapter 29|16 pages

Humor and Translation

chapter 30|14 pages

Audiovisual Translation of Humor

chapter 32|16 pages

Computational Treatments of Humor

chapter 34|15 pages

Genres of Humor

chapter 35|15 pages

Online and Internet Humor