Humour Part 1
This programme is about humour. We all know having a laugh is a way of making our lives better, but exactly how does it work? This week, Jackie Dalton talks to Jennifer Coates, a Professor of English Language and Linguistics about her research into humour and how it's used.
Part two of this programme, on men and women and humour will be available next week.
You can download a copy of the script and the complete programme on mp3 at the bottom of the page. You can also test your comprehension by trying our quiz.
Vocabulary from the programme
to have power over someone or something
to construct solidarity
to bring people together and build a good group relationship
to be collaborative
to work well with others
to be the centre of attention
to be the person who everyone is looking at or listening to
to break the ice
to help people relax if they are nervous when they first meet
to make fun of someone
to laugh at them, usually in an unkind way
more socially acceptable
better liked by other people
an uncomfortable, worried or angry feeling
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Programme script (pdf - 21k)
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