On the structure of punchlines

@inproceedings{Hetzron1991OnTS,
  title={On the structure of punchlines},
  author={Robert Hetzron},
  year={1991}
}
Jokes are to be viewed äs pieces of oral literature. They should not be analyzed only in terms of the reaction of people to them. Their infernal structure is a legitimate topicfor research. Here (i) they arefirst divided according to their structure, whether they consist of onet two, or more "pulses." Then (H) the punchlines are subjected to afeature-analysis, what logical devices are used to make them soundfunny. Great tragedy is more emotional, and consequently less intellectual, than great… 
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