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Humor And Technical Communication: The Culture, The Texts, The Implications , Kathleen Ann Hurley Jan 1996

Humor And Technical Communication: The Culture, The Texts, The Implications , Kathleen Ann Hurley

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This study argues that, for both practical and theoretical reasons, scholarly inquiry is needed in the area of humor and professional communication: specifically, the humor that technical writers are incorporating into technical texts. To address this need, the study approaches humor from a social perspective which assumes that discourse is understood within the contextualized activity within which it occurs;Interdisciplinary humor research is explored, and from these studies specific contextual elements which impact discourse are identified: humor stimuli, expectations, values, participant relationships, and group relationships. However, existing research concentrates on the identification of these elements from a serious perspective, and ...