Syarifah Hannani


Focusing on Junger’s 10 Things I Hate About You, this research aims at 1) revealing the linguistic types of verbal humor, and 2) revealing the functions of verbal humor. This research used a qualitative  method.  In  addition,  as  this  research  concentrated  on  the  spoken  forms  of  humor,  the

linguistic units were in the form of utterances. The data were obtained from the movie and its transcript, classified using data sheet, and analyzed using content analysis. To check the credibility of the analysis,

investigator triangulation was applied. The results of the study reveal that three categories of verbal humor, i.e. wordplay, allusion, and verbal irony are employed. However, as for wordplay, there is one sub-type which is not uttered by the characters, that is syntactic structure. In addition, all of the three

functions  of  verbal  humor,  i.e.  social  management,  decommitment,  and  defunctionalization  are manifested in the verbal humor.


Keywords: verbal humor, Junger’s 10 Things I Hate About You, stylistics

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