Intertextuality, mediation, and members' categories in focus groups on humor

Toshiaki Furukawa*

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This paper extends studies on intertextuality into a more explicitly interactional context. I examine the actual process of intertextuality where comedy audiences construct recombinant selves through making sense of various membership categories as well as through making sense of a certain kind of comedy. The examination of this process requires receptive research; however, most studies leave the interpretive process unanalyzed. Conducting both a sequential analysis and a membership categorization analysis will reveal that categories are not "pre-formed" but "per-formed" in situ. To illustrate these points, I report on a receptive study of Local comedy in Hawai'i.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-283
Number of pages27
JournalPragmatics and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Conversation analysis
  • Doing being local
  • Humor
  • Intertextuality
  • Mediation
  • Membership categorization
  • Receptive study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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