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Foreign language users need to reach a certain threshold in L2 linguistic, pragmatic and sociocultural knowledge before a positive linear relationship emerges between proficiency and appreciation of multimodal humorous stimuli (extract from 'Yes, Minister' and 'Not going out')

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Detecting humour in a foreign language is difficult


Laughing about humour in a foreign language is a good indication of mastery in that language

Jean-Marc Dewaele
Birkbeck University of London

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This page is a summary of: The relationship between English proficiency and humour appreciation among English L1 users and Chinese L2 users of English, Applied Linguistics Review, April 2018, De Gruyter,
DOI: 10.1515/applirev-2018-0002.
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