Humor & Prosody Project
Primary researchers for this project are Lucy Pickering, Salvatore Attardo, and Tonia Taherzadeh. The project is based on a corpus of digital-quality audio-video recordings of dyadic conversations in which speakers perform a baseline joke and then are free to talk for about ten minutes. Both speakers are closely miked and have a computer camera trained on them, thus allowing for some multimodal features to be captured. The goal of this project is to test the folk-theories of humor performance (i.e., how people tell jokes). Early work attached to this project appears in a forthcoming special issue of Pragmatics & Cognition:
Attardo, S., Pickering, L. & Baker, A. Forthcoming. Prosodic and Multimodal Markers of Humor in Conversation. Pragmatics and Cognition.