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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2019, 2(3); doi: 10.25236/FER.033045.

A Study on the Frame Construction Model in the Generation of Two-way Verbal Humor


Jinhai Wang, Xiugui Qin

Corresponding Author:
Jinhai Wang

School of Foreign Studies in Guangxi University for Nationalities, Naning, 530006, China
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Based on the Autonomy/Dependency theory and Frame theory, this paper explores the mechanism of frame shifting and autonomy/dependency coupling involved in the construction of verbal humor, and attempts to establish the "autonomy/dependency coupling frame" model. It is found that frame transfer and autonomy/dependency coupling are the key links of humor generation. Meanwhile, by comparing the interactive differences among language producer, recipients and semantic frame, the paper analyzes the motivation of the construction mechanism of two-way humor , and to some extent, it has bridged the deficiency of the investigation of cognitive operation in previous studies and deepened the research horizon in this field.


verbal humor; frame shifting; frame model of autonomous/dependent coupling; two-way humor

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Jinhai Wang, Xiugui Qin. A Study on the Frame Construction Model in the Generation of Two-way Verbal Humor. Frontiers in Educational Research (2019) Vol. 2 Issue 3: 76-86. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.033045.


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