Building Solidarity through Humour in '30 Minit Ustaz Don'

Paharal Radzi, Majdan and Wan Omar, Wan Abdul Hayyi and Salim, Hishamuddin and Mohd Omar, Nor Azikin and Mohammed Shukry, Azimah Shurfa and Rushadi, Nurul Izzah (2014) Building Solidarity through Humour in '30 Minit Ustaz Don'. In: 2ND WORLD CONFERENCE ON ISLAMIC THOUGHT & CIVILIZATION, 18-19 AUGUST, 2014, IPOH, PERAK, MALAYSIA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Various studies in humour from diverse disciplines such as psychology, management, anthropology, pragmatics and sociolinguistics in Western countries have shown that humour is an important manifestation of conversational involvement that aims at developing and maintaining rapport (Hay, 1995, Holmes and Stubbe, 2003, David et al., 2006, Lynch, 2010, Noraini Ibrahim &Nambiar, 2011).In formal speeches such as in sermons, humour is necessary to attract the viewers’ attention, create a stress-free environment, and help lessen the pressure that could be derived from the discussion, whilst building solidarity with and among the audience. This paper sets out to examine the functions of humour utilised by the Malaysian religious talk show host Ustaz Don Daniyal in his television show ‘30 Minit Bersama Ustaz Don’ from a sociolinguistics perspective. This show, chosen for its popularity, has been on air for more than 500 episodes to date. Data for the study were transcribed from one of the episodes of the respective television show, and the instances of humour were categorised based on Hay’s Taxonomy of Functions of Humour (1995). This study provides insights to how Malaysian preachers employ humour with the purpose of not only gaining the attention but also to reinforce camaraderie with the audience. Key words: Islamic television talk show, humour, preaching, solidarity, Ustaz Don Daniyal

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: Hishamuddin Salim
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2015 00:59
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2015 00:59
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/3075

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