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Separating content and structure in humor appreciation: The need for a bimodal model and support from research into aesthetics


Ruch, Willibald; Platt, Tracey (2012). Separating content and structure in humor appreciation: The need for a bimodal model and support from research into aesthetics. In: Nijholt, Anton. Computational humor 2012: extended abstracts of the (3rd international) workshop on computational humor. Enschede: Centre for Telematics and Information Technology <Enschede>, 23-28.

Abstract

For a long time humor theorists have acknowledged that content and structure of humor (or: joke work vs. tendency, [4]; thematic vs. schematic, [12]; cognitive vs. orectic factors, [3]) have to be distinguished as two different sources of pleasure [6]. Nevertheless, against all evidence, taxonomies of humor are stuck in (serial) unimodal classifications rather than bi- or multimodal models. In- tuitive classifications of humor typically distinguish between content classes (e.g., blonde jokes, dead baby jokes, Stalin jokes), neglecting the contributions of structural properties to apprecia- tion of humor. Also rational taxonomies most frequently emphasize content features; e.g., when emotional features like disgust, fear or anger are highlighted in humor.

Abstract

For a long time humor theorists have acknowledged that content and structure of humor (or: joke work vs. tendency, [4]; thematic vs. schematic, [12]; cognitive vs. orectic factors, [3]) have to be distinguished as two different sources of pleasure [6]. Nevertheless, against all evidence, taxonomies of humor are stuck in (serial) unimodal classifications rather than bi- or multimodal models. In- tuitive classifications of humor typically distinguish between content classes (e.g., blonde jokes, dead baby jokes, Stalin jokes), neglecting the contributions of structural properties to apprecia- tion of humor. Also rational taxonomies most frequently emphasize content features; e.g., when emotional features like disgust, fear or anger are highlighted in humor.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2012
Deposited On:21 Nov 2012 15:28
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 16:33
Publisher:Centre for Telematics and Information Technology <Enschede>
Series Name:CTIT Workshop Proceedings Series
Number:WP 12 - 02
ISSN:0929–0672
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.utwente.nl/ctit/library/proceedings/

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