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Politeness, Power and Control: The Use of Humour in Cross-cultural Telecommunications

Hans J. Ladegaard

in Professional Communication

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099654
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207295 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099654.003.0011
Politeness, Power and Control: The Use of Humour in Cross-cultural Telecommunications

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Humourous elements such as puns, jokes, or funny stories are usually injected to entertain or amuse. Humour however relies largely on context, as it is also incorporated for maintaining solidarity among ingroup members and to ensure that the group avoids possible outgroups. Humourous remarks may appear obscure to other parties since these are usually based on social routine or a groups's conventions and cultural norms. Incorporating humour is also seen as a reflection of social life's various difficulties since it may be perceived as something that individuals use in coping with uncertain situations. Through a psychological or sociological perspective, humour in the workplace entails benefits, since it hastens and lightens work processes and negations. This chapter looks into the functions and uses of humour, particularly in cross-cultural telecommunications.

Keywords: cross-cultural telecommunications; humour; solidarity; entertainment; social life; workplace

Chapter.  8320 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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