Jocular mockery, (dis)affiliation, and face

Haugh, Michael (2010) Jocular mockery, (dis)affiliation, and face. Journal of Pragmatics, 42 8: 2106-2119. doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2009.12.018

Author Haugh, Michael
Title Jocular mockery, (dis)affiliation, and face
Journal name Journal of Pragmatics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-2166
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.pragma.2009.12.018
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 42
Issue 8
Start page 2106
End page 2119
Total pages 14
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Teasing has often been linked with studies of face, with many analysts claiming that it can be interpreted as face-threatening and/or face-supportive depending on the context. Since teasing encompasses such a diverse and heterogeneous range of actions in interaction, however, the analysis of teasing in this paper is restricted to a particular type of teasing, namely, jocular mockery. After exploring how jocular mockery is interactionally achieved as an action, the ways in which participants align or disalign their responses to previous actions through jocular mockery, thereby indexing affiliative or disaffiliative stances with other participants is discussed. Building on this initial analysis, it is proposed that an approach to pragmatics informed by the results and methods of conversation analysis can usefully ground an exploration of the ways in which jocular mockery influences the participants’ interpretings of their evolving relationships, here glossed as face consistent with its conceptualisation in Arundale's (1999, 2006, 2010) Face Constituting Theory. It is argued that an approach to jocular mockery which explicates its impact on the evolving relationship between the interactants gives a richer account than that concerned only with the personal identity, public image or the wants of individuals, as face has traditionally been understood.
Keyword Teasing
Interactional achievement
Australian English
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Languages and Cultures Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 45 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 47 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Tue, 24 May 2016, 11:42:42 EST by Ms Katrina Hume on behalf of School of Languages and Cultures