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The effects of sarcasm in American Late Night TV shows: A qualitative study
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
2022 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Few studies have been done on sarcasm in late night TV shows in relation to Politeness Theory and the concept of face by Brown and Levinson (1987). This qualitative essay aims to fill that void by examining Gordon Ramsay’s sarcastic utterances aimed at Sofia Vergara during an interview on  The Tonight Night Show With Jay Leno and study the effect of said utterances through the lens of Politeness Theory, specifically, the concept of face. The aim is achieved by studying utterances made by Gordon Ramsay towards Sofia Vergara and analysing their impact on her. The findings show that Gordon Ramsay uses face threatening acts (Brown and Levinson, 1987) to make sarcastic comments with intention to be funny. Furthermore, Ramsay’s sarcastic comments prove to have both positive and negative effects, seeing as Vergara responds with both amusement and disapproval depending on the level of threat in Ramsay’s utterances.

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2022. , p. 21
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Sarcasm, Politeness Theory, Gordon Ramsay, Sofia Vergara, American Late Night Show
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-18055Local ID: EXE400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-18055DiVA, id: diva2:1628996
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Available from: 2022-01-28 Created: 2022-01-17 Last updated: 2022-01-28Bibliographically approved

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