Studying humour from a Conversation Analytic perspective

Creative Commons License

Çopur N., Atar C.

Online Seminar: Issues, Challenges and Solutions In English Studies Programme, Shumen, Bulgaria, 29 September 2022, pp.7

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Shumen
  • Country: Bulgaria
  • Page Numbers: pp.7
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Humour is a complex and dynamic phenomenon that is prevalent in social interaction in various settings such as mundane talk and institutional context. It has been a focus of interest in social interaction research for decades. To date, scholars have sought to gain insights regarding what counts as humorous and why we find certain utterances funny (e.g., Carroll, 2014; Bell and Pomerantz, 2016). As such, scholars from various fields ranging from philosophy, sociology, psychology, pragmatics, and linguistics to name a few have adopted different approaches in the examination of humour. One of the new perspectives that offers unique insights into humour scholarship is Conversation Analysis (CA) methodology. CA is a method and a research field in itself deriving form ethnomethodology, and it provides valuable opportunities for researcher to investigate humour in interaction. The emic perspective along with other principles of CA enable researchers to gain understanding with regards to what is produced and/or treated as humorous drawing on evidence from participants’ multimodal (e.g., verbal, nonverbal, situational) conduct. As such, it proves to be a valuable approach that can be applied to examining humour. Therefore, the main aim of this talk is to present the Conversation Analysis as a candidate methodology to be used in analysing humour in interaction. We start with providing a brief overview of humour studies so far as well as taking attention to different approaches in these studies. Later, we discuss the CA approach in the examination of humour and provide implications for researchers.