Saving one’s face from humour : Mediatized reactions to unintended humour



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description This presentation looks at data from journalistic interviews with professional sportspeople whose serious pronouncements or public reactions have been, on account of various reasons, found funny and amusing. While I pay attention to the humorous treatment and transformation of such ‘failed seriousness’ by users in social media contexts, my main focus is on the subsequent attempts of the sports professionals to try to control the unintended consequences and, thus, to mitigate the face threat arising from undesired forms of reception. The findings indicate that speakers not only demonstrate meta-pragmatic awareness but also engage in defensive self-reflexivity.
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