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Jokes are funny; murder is dramatic: A comparative study of the effects of breaking maxims in Fresh Prince of Bel Air and How to get away with murder
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Disciplinary Research.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There are rules that regulate how conversation should be conducted, these are called conversational maxims. This paper aims to identify instances of breakings of the conversational maxims in the Tv-series Fresh Prince of Bel Air and How to get away with murder; one of which is a comedy series and the other a drama series. Speech in a Tv-series is supposed to reflect natural conversation, still the dialogue is written for a specific purpose. The study, therefore, also aims at studying how scriptwriters use non-observance of the maxims for different purposes and to evoke different effects. By using Grice’s cooperative principle, four episodes of Fresh Prince of Bel Air and two episodes of How to get away with murder, were studied. The results show that the maxim of manner is the most frequently broken maxim in both Tv-series. Results also show that the effect of non-observance in the two Tv-series differed. In Fresh Prince of Bel air, breaking maxims most often had a humorous effect. In How to get away with murder the effect of breaking the maxims was mostly a dramatic one.

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2020. , p. 41
Keywords [en]
conversational maxims, H.P Grice, cooperative principle, implicature
Keywords [sv]
konversationmaximer, H.P Grice, sammarbetsprincipen, implikatur
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-47524ISRN: JU-HLK-ENA-1-20200020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-47524DiVA, id: diva2:1388422
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HLK, English
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Available from: 2020-02-17 Created: 2020-01-24 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved

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