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culturaldiversity - CULTURAL DIVERSITY See also...

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14 1 CULTURAL DIVERSITY See also “Humor-Anthropology” by Don L. F. Nilsen
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14 2 ALLIE FARNLOFF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER IN MOLDOVA I began my joke: Q: What do you call someone who knows 3 languages? A: A genius. Q: What do you call someone who knows 2 languages? A: Brillilant.” Q: What do you call someone who knows 1 language? A: An American. (Farnlof 5)
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14 3 I waited for the bursts of laughter to begin, but…nothing. No roars of laughter, no giggles, not a squeal, not a smirk… nothing. What went wrong? I knew my grammar was perfect; my vocabulary was correct, my pronunciation was clear, and yet nothing. I leaned over and asked Nina, “Don’t they get it?” Nina looked at me with disapproval. “Why do you make a joke like that? It’s not funny! How can you speak only one language! We speak three. It’s shameful.” (Farnlof 6)
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14 4 Diane-Elaine Popa mentions three components in understanding humor: ability, situation, and wordplay: “Ability underscores the significance of cultural differences, which allow an individual to perceive a situation as humorous, or not. Situation identifies humor as a socially dependent event that relies heavily on interaction among the participants. Wordplay refers to the languge content in the humor.” (Farnlof 7, Popa 48)
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14 5 My joke failed simply because I did not take into account the social and cultural parameters set down by moldovan society. In a country with very few resources, people pride themselves in their multilingualism…. To think that Americans, with all our resources, would still speak only one language is unthinkable in the Moldovan mindset, and therefore nothing to laugh about.” (Farnlof 7)
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14 6 THE COLOR PURPLE MODEL G. L. Robinson’s “Color Purple” model is based on a very powerful metaphor. The model uses color symbolism to state that there are three lenses a language learner can
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