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«Pragmatics in the real world»

This was the theme of the 15th International Pragmatics Conference which was held in Belfast last week. We took part in it as our colleagues Larissa Timofeeva and Leonor Ruiz Gurillo led a panel on exploring identities through humor. The panel was presented last Tuesday 18th and it was comprised of five talks divided into two slots from 15:30pm to 18:30pm. It was a great success which was proved by the large number of attendees.

Larissa Timofeeva began this panel analyzing the way children show their identity construction and self-esteem with examples taken from the corpus CHILDHUM, which contains 448 humorous narratives. Her ongoing research presented a new approach to the issue of humor acquisition.

The following talk was given by Lovorka Zergollern-Miletic, who analyzed the influence of humor in the learning process. She presented the results of a questionnaire about students’ perceptions of the use of humor in the academic context. In general terms, participants were aware of the importance of humor in educational settings and they had a positive attitude to its use.

Next, Leonor Ruiz Gurillo presented her research on how Stand-up comedians depict their identity, more precisely she explored Eva Hache’s feminine identity when performing humor on stage, and examined the variety of functions achieved in 76 humorous sequences extracted from a set of 24 gendered monologues. Interestingly, the speaker applied Ducrot’s polyphonic theory and analyzed not only the feminine identity of the comedienne, but also the way Eva Hache is able to represent the male’s voice either as utterer or locutor.

After the short break, Francisco Yus showed the link between discourse and social networks in terms of users’ identities. Indeed, he developed his talk on internet memes, since they are one of the most popular forms of internet humor in digital communication. Thanks to this presentation, we could see how memes are a phenomenon through which users can perform their virtual identity within a community.

Finally, Manuel Padilla exemplified the creation and reinforcement of a local identity with the case of Cádiz carnival and the humorous elements that can be found on “chirigotas”. The best way to understand the formation of this local identity was by displaying some videos of the carnival performaces and by singing their lyrics!

All in all, it was a fantastic experience! We shared our ideas with other pragmatists and lived unforgettable moments during those six days in Belfast. It was definitely Pragmatics in the real world.


V Jornadas de Formación de profesores ELE en Hong Kong

¡Saludos desde la Universidad de Hong Kong! 来自香港的问候

Esta semana las profesoras Leonor Ruiz Gurillo y Larissa Timofeeva Timofeev han viajado hasta Hong Kong para impartir el taller práctico ¿De qué se ríe usted? Aprendemos el humor en el aula de ELE, durante las V Jornadas de Formación de profesores ELE.

Quisiéramos agradecer a la editorial Edinumen y al comité organizador su invitación y recibimiento. Es siempre gratificante compartir conocimientos y experiencias con grandes formadores y docentes, como lo son Daniel Cassany, José Jesús Gómez Asencio, Luis Yanguas Santos, Max Cortés y María Méndez Santos, entre muchos otros. Fue también una alegría volver a encontrarnos con Alejandra Serrano Jiménez, alumna del máster en Español e Inglés como L2/LE durante el curso 2007/2008 y ahora profesora de la Universidad de Hong Kong. ¡Gracias por presentarnos y recibirnos con los brazos abiertos!

Nuestra tarea continúa y seguiremos investigando sobre de qué manera se manifiesta la identidad a través del humor en contextos interculturales. Ademas, estamos convencid@s de que, tras la recogida y análisis del corpus, podremos aplicar nuestros resultados al aprendizaje y enseñanza de segundas lenguas / lenguas extranjeras.

¡Hasta pronto! 后会有期