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KANG Xinyu, GAO Wencheng


University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China


Humor, as a form of interesting interaction, often appears in our daily life. The purpose of this paper is to explore the cognitive mechanism of humor. It is found that humor is dependent on people’s relevance and inference in their minds, and also on the conceptual blending with its emergent structure. The authors hold that these two theories are supplementary to each other; the combination has even more powerful interpretation about the workings of humor generation.


humor, conceptual blending theory, relevance theory

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