Laughing about laughter: comparing conversational analysis, emotion psychology, and dialogical semantics

  • Jonathan Ginzburg Université de Paris, CNRS, LLF Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle UMR 7110
  • Chiara Mazzocconi Université de Paris, CNRS, LLF Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle UMR 7110

Abstract

That laughter invites laughter is a basic tenet of Conversation Analysis analyses of laughter, whereas emotion psychology analyses describe various emotive and social effects laughter exhibits relative to various phonetic parameters. We provide data concerning laughter responses to laughter which we argue show neither approach can explicate and more generally suggest they cannot offer a general account of laughter and related non-verbal social signals. We sketch how distinct kinds of laughter responses to laughter - along with a host of other kinds of responses - can be systematically analyzed within a dialogical semantics, which integrates illocutionary and emotive effects.

Published
2020-10-09