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The article analyses the effects of different types of humour (e.g. irony, sarcasm, mockery) on euphemistic speech from different semantic taboo areas (e.g. death, sexuality, minorities, politics) to show whether the euphemistic value is maintained or not.

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Our findings show that not all euphemisms remain euphemistic when specific types of humour and specific speaker intensions are applied. The typology we provide helps to understand where this twist happens, and how.

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This page is a summary of: When humour questions taboo, Pragmatics & Cognition, December 2021, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/pc.20027.hei.
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