Studies of Laughter in Interaction


Phillip Glenn (Editor),‎ Elizabeth Holt (Editor)

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Bloomsbury Academic

Studies of Laughter in Interaction

by Phillip Glenn (Editor),‎ Elizabeth Holt (Editor)

Laughter is pervasive in interaction yet often overlooked in the research. This volume presents a collection of original studies revealing the highly-ordered, complex, and important phenomenon of laughter in everyday interactions. Building on 40 years of conversation analytic research, the authors show how the design and placement of laughs contribute to unfolding sequences, social activities, identities, and relationships. In this revealing study leading experts investigate laughter in a range of different contexts and across a variety of languages. The research demonstrates that laughter is not simply a reaction to humour but is used in a fascinating array of different ways. Findings reported here include its use in clinics, employment interviews, news interviews, classrooms, the discourse of children with severe autism, and ordinary conversations. The acoustics of laughter and its relationship to movement, gaze and gesture are also explored. The volume brings together new and influential research into this phenomenon to present the state-of-the-art. It will be invaluable to anyone interested in the study of interaction, conversation analysis, humour and laughter.

Editorial Reviews


[The book] is invaluable for those interested in conversational analysis and personal interaction . . . Humor scholars will also find it of great interest — Delia Chiaro, Professor of English Language and Translation, University of Bologna, Italy * HUMOR, vol. 73 *

Book Description

Explores the nature, occurrence and uses of laugher in a range of different kinds of interactions across a variety of languages. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Phillip Glenn is a Professor at Emerson College, Boston, USA.

Elizabeth Holt is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Product details

    • Paperback: 312 pages
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (August 25, 2016)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1350004669
    • ISBN-13: 978-1350004665
    • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

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