An analysis on the difference between American humor and Chinese humor based on the big bang theory毕业论文_英语毕业论文

An analysis on the difference between American humor and Chinese humor based on the big bang theory毕业论文


摘 要


关键词:中式幽默, 美式幽默, 信息化, 戏剧手法


1. Introduction———————————————————————————–1

2. Demonstration——————————————————————————–3

2.1 Visual humor———————————————————————————–4


2.1.2 Props——————————————————————————————6


2.2Verbal humor————————————————————————————7

2.2.1Semantic humor——————————————————————————7

2.2.2pragmtic humor——————————————————————————9

2.3 Role-setting hummor————————————————————————-10



An Analysis on the Difference between American Humor and Chinese Humor based on The Big Bang

  1. Introduction

Humor is a kind of laughter and aftertaste, widely existing in Chinese and Western languages. Humorous language cannot be separated from the cultural traces of its closely connected use and understanding. In English, the word comes from Latin, and the original meaning is “bodily fluids.” It is said that in ancient Greece, a doctor named Hippocrates believed that people’s body fluids were blood, mucus, yellow bile, black bile. Humor can be divided into visual humor and verbal humor. The visual humor conveys its humour visually. It aims to visualize humorous thoughts in the contrasts between normal and abnormal, rational and absurd, orderly and messy, true and blurred, form and content. In films or plays, it can be represented by clothes, props and posture. The verbal humor is a category of humor which is used to express humorist ideas through language. It can be analyzed from semantics and pragmatic aspects. There are many types of verbal humor used liberally by comedy writers to spice their work such as pun, mixed metaphor, satire, irony. The introduction of the term humor in the form of transliteration of “humor” into Chinese was first advocated by Lin Yutang in 1924. However, it is undeniable that Chinese and English humorous language styles also have certain differences. The main reason for this is that the two are different because of the differences in Chinese and Western cultures and ways of thinking. The differences between Chinese and Western humorous languages are mainly reflected in humorous content, functions, language types, and forms of expression, causing differences. Through a large number of examples of analyzing and exploring Chinese and Western humor, we can beneficially promote cultural exchanges between the two sides. This article gives an analysis of the differences between Chinese and Western humor in American sitcom The big bang and Chinese sitcoms Wulin ouspot, family and children and I love my family by using the visual humor and humor of the humorous expression. It aims at mutual understanding between people in the increasingly computerized new world. The big bang is a sitcom launched by American CBS television in September 2007. It is one of the most popular comedies in Europe and America. Its unique American humor in the story has attracted the attention of many Chinese audiences. The play shows American humor in a very clever way, and the American humor has been praised by the world. Wulin Ouspot Family And Children, and I love my family are good sitcoms in China. They were all very popular in China.I will use Chinese sitcoms to campare with ‘The Big Bang’ to study the difference between Chinese humor and American Humor. In the past, there have been many views between China and the United States in this play, for example, the principle of cooperation. In China, many scholars have studied the big bang drama from many aspects, such as the study of the communication of cross culture. Liu Dongyan (2011) gave the analysis of the humor in the play from the principle of cooperation; and Zhang Wenzhen(2013) studied the characters and the plot in the play from the perspective of adaptation theory. However, nobody uses visual humor and verbal humor to study the difference between Chinese humor and American humor. The article is divided into three parts. The first part introduces the play and shows the aim of this article. The second part introduces visual humor firstly, and analyzes it from the points of clothes, props and postures. The third part analyzes the language humor from the two angles: the semantic humor and the pragmatic humor. At the last part, the article will show the difference between China and America. 

2. Demonstration

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