Keran Li

My MPhil thesis explores the phenomenon of verbal humour from a semantic-pragmatic perspective, departing from Attardo and Raskin’s Script-based Semantic Theory of Humour (SSTH) and General Theory of Verbal Humour (GTVH), I aim to show that the current form of the theories, while useful, cannot account for all instances of humour and propose the application of other theories, such as those of coherence relations and event structure, for a more complete picture.

Besides semantics and pragmatics, my interests include morphology, historical linguistics, phonetics, and sociolinguistics.

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