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Construal Of Verbal Humor In The Americal Sitcom Good Luck Charlie: A Conceptual Blending Theoretical Account

Posted on:2012-09-13Degree:MasterType:Thesis
Country:ChinaCandidate:A X ZhangFull Text:PDF
GTID:2155330335456335Subject:English Language and Literature
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The thesis explores how to use the Conceptual Blending Theory to interpret verbal humor in the American Situation Comedy Good Luck Charlie from the respect of cognition. The aim is to provide an insight into understanding and appreciation of humor in the American sitcom.The American sitcom Good Luck Charlie revolves around the Duncan's family after the birth of a baby named Charlie:Everyone's role in the family is shifted. Regarding PJ and Teddy (teenagers) as well as Gabe (PJ and Teddy's younger brother), they have to adjust to changes Charlie brings. Selected from the sitcom, samples of verbal humor are analyzed in accordance with the principles of the Conceptual Blending Theory.To construct the theoretical basis of the thesis, the main ideas and key concepts of Conceptual Blending Theory are introduced at first. Furthermore, selects samples of humor from Good Luck Charlie and analyzes the samples in accordance with four basic types of integrated networks within the framework of the Conceptual Blending Theory. Based on the analyses, the distinctive characteristics of the four types of integrated networks are summarized.This analysis will demonstrate that Conceptual Blending Theory helps to interpret the dynamic process of perceiving and appreciating humor in the American sitcoms.
Keywords/Search Tags:conceptual blending, American sitcom, verbal humor, mental space
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