Humor can be found everywhere, everytime, in magazines, newspapers
and daily life. There are many functions of humor in the society that have been
already realized, as humor is used frequently in a vast range of activities in
people?s daily life. However, there are only a few linguistic studies about humor.
Therefore, the writer is interested in analyzing humor, especially short-text
humors from a linguistic point of view using a semantic theory, which covers
semantic ambiguity (lexical and grammatical ambiguity) and truth-conditional
semantics (including causal fallacy).
In this study, the writer uses a qualitative research to find out what kinds
of semantic mechanisms manipulated by short-text humors that make the humors
sound funny. Furthermore, she also wants to know which one of those
manipulations occurs most. The writer takes 25 short-text humors from Reader?s
Digest edited in April, May and June 2003.
In achieving her purpose, the writer divides the study into three steps.
The first step is identifying and classifying the 25 short-text humors into four
different semantic mechanisms. The second step is putting the findings into a
table and counting the percentages of each semantic mechanism. Then, from the
first and the second step, the writer discovers that short-text humors taken from
Reader?s Digest of April, May and June 2003 editions manipulates lexical
ambiguity, truth conditional semantics also causal fallacy to create funniness. In
addition, the manipulation of truth conditional semantics is the most frequently
used to make the humors funny. Causal fallacy is in the second possibility,
whereas, lexical ambiguity has the lowest possibility to be used to make the fun of
(11499039) SRI WIJAYATI
(42111) "SUKEMI, PROF.DR.M.A."
(94-013) Julia Eka Rini
Universitas Kristen Petra
Year : 2004
1. LINGUISTICS ANALYSIS (LINGUISTICS)
s1 - Skripsi/Undergraduate Thesis (Program Studi Sastra Inggris S-1)
Undergraduate Thesis No. 1208 /ING/2004; Sri Wijayati (11499039)
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