Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Job Talk: Belem López

"Mira! Wacha! An Agenda for Humor Research"

Thu, January 21, 2016 | GWB 2.206 (Gordon-White Building Multipurpose Room)

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Job Talk by Belem López
Job Talk by Belem López

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) presents a job talk by Belem López, entitled, "Mira! Wacha! An Agenda for Humor Research."

Linguistic and cultural contact between speakers of English and Spanish in the United States has led to distinct modes of interaction, such as code-switching (Poplack, 1980). These modes of interaction allow language users to express their cultural identity. Although the form and functions of code-switching have been widely studied, empirical work on humor as an interactional mode has received far less attention (López & Vaid, 2016; Vaid, 2006). This talk will present an agenda for an experimental study of humor, with particular attention to humor’s role in exaggerating attention to linguistic and cultural differences as a way of transcending them.

Sponsored by: The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS)

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