The Atomic Playboy and the Radiation Romeo

The button below will open a new browser window displaying the Flash interface for Atomic and Romeo (Version 16 with Preloader). You will find a page of introductory text, some instructions and then the interface where you can suggest a topic for conversation.

This version 16 uses the landscape layout, updates the heckler and end-of-conversation functions with an audio sign-off. All the features from previous versions remain - scroll bar control,custId variable allows me to better log and track conversations.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

GTVH.. additional thoughts

Of late I've been battling with the age old question of authorial intention in relation to the semantic-script theory (or SSTH) of Raskin and the more developed general theory (or GTVH) of Attardo and Raskin.

I've been thinking about my supervisor's work on the structures of political speeches and, in particular, the speeches of Churchill. The semantic and linguistic structures look so much like the structures of humour. Couplets and triplets working, often using incongruous elements, to make a memorable and surprising statement. Maybe this is why they can be so easily parodied? This leads me to question whether the application of the General Theory of Verbal Humour presupposes the intention of the script or performance. Would the GTVH give a 'false positive' if applied to "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

Anyway, these are the ongoing thoughts.

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