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One-liners and linguistics: (re)interpretation, context and meaning

Abstract : This paper examines one-liners from a linguistics point of view, using them to address the question of how meaning emerges in context. A typology of one-liners is first proposed, in which the devices that they rely on are first described and discussed. The paper then tackles the question of what they can illustrate of the contextual emergence of meaning, the emphasis being put on constructedness. The paper argues in favour of the presence of merged representations, as opposed to successive, discrete interpretations—one of which is cancelled in the course of “getting” the one-liner. Additional remarks are made on how interpretability and humour are not two aspects of one and the same question, and a short discussion is included of how the formal and the functional dimensions can interact.
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Catherine Chauvin. One-liners and linguistics: (re)interpretation, context and meaning. Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World, 2015, Brevity is the soul of Wit, ⟨10.4000/angles.2138⟩. ⟨hal-01526371⟩



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