Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN 0929-0907
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9943
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This article investigates the role of prosody in conversational humor in the HBO series Sex and the City (SATC) in an exploratory study. Specifically, we examine how pitch and pauses are part of the prosodic bundle that can be used to mark an utterance as humoristic. We find that the use of prosodic resources participates not only in the marking but also the creation of humor. In this regard, we view pitch variation and pauses as having communicative strategies and cognitive benefits. They are part of the performance of humor and participate in the characterization of the personage. The authors suggest the existence of a repertoire of prosodic devices associated to humor and to a particular discourse.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): humor; humor performance; pragmatics; prosody; TV comedy
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