FLOUTED MAXIM AND VERBAL HUMOR IN THE TELEVISION SERIES THE BABY DADDY (A PRAGMATIC APPROACH)

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This research analyzed the types of humor appeared in the situation comedy The Baby Daddy and their relation to Grice’s Maxims. It is conducted to find out the types of humor based on theory by Audrieth, define whether those humors disobey the Grice’s Maxims as the standard conversational norms and find the relation between types of humor and flouted maxim and its purposes. This research deals with a pragmatic approach. It is a descriptive study. The data are all the humor utterances, which are able to arouse laughter from the audiences that have significant relationship with the problem statement. The result of this research reveals that there are seven types of humor which can be found in this episode. They are Banter, Blunder, Freudian slip, Exaggerism, Mistaken identity, Relapse and Repartee. Concerning with the maxims, it is found that the humors, which are used in every utterances flouted the maxims. The analysis of the maxims is conducted through the context of situation available in each data. The researcher also found that the flouted maxim is done by the characters in delivering the humor. There are also found relation between the flouted maxim and the type of humor in the way it is used by the character.

Keywords :  pragmatic, humor, flouted maxim


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