This study investigates joke-telling in Jordanian society from a sociolinguistic point ofview. Various aspects of Jordanian jokes are examined to show how these jokes are created, what effect they might have on the hearer and what type of sociological functions they attempt to communicate. An attempt was made by the researcher to shedsome light on a number ofsocial issues that can be tackled by Jordanian Jokers. Explanations were given in terms of both the sociocultural background of the society and the role of stereotypes (religious stereotypes, sexual stereotypes and communal and individual stereotypical attributes) in generating jokes. Jokes in Jordanian Arabic were compared with a number of jokes in English. The study revealed that although the jokes of both types are similar in terms of a number of structural and linguistic features English jokes arefound to be notfavored by Jordanians äs much äs Arabic jokes. However, the difficulty in understanding an English joke by a Jordanian hearer is explained on the grounds that a joke can better be explained and understood in terms of the sociocultural background of the society in which it is created. Introduction A joke is principally and basically a social act. This comes through
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