A Pragmatic Study of Humour in Udurawana's Joke Stories of Sri Lanka: Implications for Second Language Teaching and Learning

Upul Priyantha Gamage, Wellman Kondowe
2019 Theory and Practice in Language Studies  
This paper presents a step by step approach of unpacking humour in joke stories from Udurawana in Sir-Lanka. The analysis has employed two theoretical models: Grice's (1975) theory of Conversational Implicature, and Juckel, Bellman and Varan's (2016) Taxonomy of Humour Techniques. The study has demonstrated that understanding humour involves going through different layers of language given that humour itself does not reside at the surface; but rather inside meanings of words and phrases. The
more » ... and phrases. The paper appeals to language teachers to utilise humour as a teaching tool owing to the enormous joys it brings in facilitating the teaching and learning of the second language. We conclude that helping learners take baby-steps to decipher humour can lead them into better understanding and fluency of second language learning; an indication of advancement in language acquisition.
doi:10.17507/tpls.0907.02 fatcat:ksiwlwfd5raszpvglkqxxbybqm