The small but exciting field of humor studies has seen a remarkable rise in the past couple of decades: from a niche interest, it has become a mainstream topic, and articles and books about many facets of humor appear regularly in some of the top linguistic journals. The faculty in our program is by any measure among the most accomplished in this area, worldwide. With expertise ranging broadly from the semantics and pragmatics of humor to the phonology of wordplay and computational humor, the faculty has an exceptionally broad range of interests, including new media and internet humor. Dr. Hempelmann is currently the editor-in-chief of the premier journal in the field, Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, published by Mouton De Gruyter. Dr. Attardo has published The Linguistics of Humor, an Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2020) and edited the Encyclopedia of Humor Studies and the Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor.
Salvatore Attardo, Ph.D.
It's the moment when it clicks and students realize that grammar has an underlying system; when th…
Hilal Ergül, Ph.D.
Dr. Salvatore Attardo, my dissertation advisor and current mentor, is one of the most influential pr…
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