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Flouting the maxims in comedy: An analysis of flouting in the comedy series Community
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how flouting of the Gricean maxims is used to create comedy in the television series Community.  The aim of the paper is to find out what maxims are flouted the most to create comedy and what maxims the different characters flout in order to create comedy. The paper examines the use of flouts in different situations and explores in what situations the different characters flout the maxims for comedy.  The paper is based on transcription of eight episodes of the series. The results show that the maxim of quantity was flouted most often, and some characters used more flouts than others. These results suggest that the use of flouts has to do with their different personalities, which is why some characters did not use as many flouts in order to create comedy, since it would not be in line with their personality.   

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
Conversational maxims, comedy, flouting of maxims, H.P Grice, implicature
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31687OAI: diva2:704301
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Educational program
Teacher education
Available from: 2014-03-12 Created: 2014-03-11 Last updated: 2014-03-12Bibliographically approved

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