Multilingual Manipulation and Humor in I Love Lucy

  title={Multilingual Manipulation and Humor in I Love Lucy},
  author={Bryan Kirschen},
  pages={735 - 747}
I Love Lucy is considered to have been one of the most humorous television programs in the United States as early as the 1950s. This paper explores the use of language by the protagonists, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, in order to understand the source of the program’s humor. Linguistic analysis of the Ricardos’ speech is applied, and ideological implications are explored, in an attempt to explain how the humor of the program is acceptable to both English and Spanish speakers. Lucy and Ricky execute… 
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