Jocular mockery as interactional practice in everyday Anglo-Australian conversation

Haugh, Michael (2014) Jocular mockery as interactional practice in everyday Anglo-Australian conversation. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 34 1: 76-99. doi:10.1080/07268602.2014.875456

Author Haugh, Michael
Title Jocular mockery as interactional practice in everyday Anglo-Australian conversation
Journal name Australian Journal of Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0726-8602
Publication date 2014-02-20
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07268602.2014.875456
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 76
End page 99
Total pages 24
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Teasing in everyday interactions, which combines elements of (ostensible) provocation and (ostensible) playfulness in a figurative cutting down or diminishment of a target, has been the subject of a growing body of studies. However, what has arguably not been as well studied to date is the interactional mechanics of the different kinds of social actions through which teasing is accomplished. In this paper, the way in which teasing as mocking/ridiculing can be accomplished within a jocular or non-serious frame, or what is here termed jocular mockery, is examined building on methodological and analytical insights from both interactional pragmatics and corpus-assisted pragmatics. It is argued based on this analysis that jocular mockery constitutes a recognizable and recurrent practice in everyday interactions amongst (Anglo-)Australian speakers of English. A framework for examining the dynamics of jocular mockery within everyday interactions is also proposed.
Keyword Teasing
Australian English
Interactional pragmatics
Corpus assisted pragmatics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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