Funny punny logic

Roberts, Alan (2018) Funny punny logic. Dialectica, 71 (4). pp. 531-539. ISSN 00122017

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Abstract

Humour has been a surprisingly neglected topic in philosophy. However, Noah Greenstein has recently given an intuitive schema for modelling the logical structure of puns. Having this logical structure is indeed what makes a pun punny, but I argue that it is not what makes a pun funny. In order for a pun to be funny, the components comprising its logical structure must be related to one another such that certain conditions are satisfied. By using Graeme Ritchie's linguistic model of jokes, I give these conditions in terms of those components.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Alan Roberts
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 16:17
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2018 16:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74882
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