Baker, Giulia

Start date:
October 2012
Research Topic:
Jokes/wordplay in the primary curriculum; childrenā€™s cognitive/humour/linguistic development and childrenā€™s ability to decode different types of verbal ambiguity in joking riddles across KS2
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Michelle Aldridge-Waddon
Supervising school:
School of English, Communication & Philosophy,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

An investigation into different types of ambiguity used in childrenā€™s jokes and into when children understand these different types of ambiguity (using Piagetā€™s framework of cognitive development and an Incongruity Resolution theory of humour). Findings from the study are aimed at informing content planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate jokes in the primary curriculum ā€“ specifically KS2