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Notes on Laughter

Munro S. Edmonson
Anthropological Linguistics
Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring, 1987), pp. 23-34
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30028087
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Abstract

An orthography is presented for recording laughter, and a sample of American and Zotzil laughter is analyzed. An argument is presented for considering laughter as a relational expression encoding individuality, degree of self-consciousness, (primarily through vowel selection) and intensity (through aspiration, glottalization, loudness, and duration). Laughter is found to be non-phonemic and multiple-track (like music) rather than lineal (like phonemes).

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