Verbal Humour in Coward’s Relative Values: a Pragma-Stylistic Study

Abstract

The study of verbal humour has generated a multitude of research that yielded numerous and various theories that endeavour to analyze and interpret its mechanisms and structures. Among these researches, Raskin and Attardo contribute insightful and relatively exhaustive models of analysis in the form of theGeneral Theory of Verbal Humour (GTVH) which Attardo later supplemented with the Humorous Texts Theory. In the present study, Coward’s Relative Values is analyzed and interpreted in terms of the(GTVH) along with Humorous Text Theory. Detailed analyses of the humorous instances in the play are carried out to investigate their structures, patterns of organization and narrative as well as thematic roles.