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n.1.(Med.) The theory founded on the influence which the humors were supposed to have in the production of disease; Galenism.
2.The manner or disposition of a humorist; humorousness.
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For academics interested in comedy, it demonstrates how humour theory and Bakhtin's concept of the carnivalesque can be applied to contemporary TV comedy, but also combines these approaches very successfully with framing theory.
In the end, Greimas' theory was not deeply fertilizing for either metaphor or humour theory, although he has undoubtedly remained a classic for semioticians.
Cognitive-linguistic invasion in the kingdom of humour theory
Lawrence La Fave concludes that by this "egocentric, competitive interpretation of superiority humour theory, the individual is amused only when he feels triumphant and/or another person looks bad in comparison with himself." (9) Hobbes's theory seems to work well with much deprecatory humor, but it certainly cannot account for all that people find laughable.
Maesen, "Superiority, Enhanced Self-Esteem, and Perceived Incongruity Humour Theory," in Antony J.