The main aim of the project is to analyse the functions of humour in French and Australian social visits within the framework of a larger joint project on social interaction.

  • Project dates: 2013
  • Project Sponsors: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), RMIT University, Université Montpellier 3, Université Lyon 2

Two comparative corpora of naturally occurring conversations during social visits were collected to explore conversational strategies. It is intended that this research will contribute to the growing literature on French-Australian inter-cultural studies and strengthen understanding and relations between the two cultures. The project has so far identified the different forms of conversational humour used by the participants in the two corpora and proposed a new framework for the cross-cultural analysis of humour in interaction (Béal and Mullan 2013).

Key People

Lead researcher

Dr Kerry Mullan

Dr Kerry Mullan

Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Language Studies, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Project Team

    • Christine Beal (Université Montpellier 3)
    • Véronique Traverso (Université Lyon 2)

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