The European Journal of Humour Research

Vol 6, No 2 (2018)

Book review. Yus, Francisco (2016). Humour and Relevance. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Maria Angeles Ruiz Moneva


This paper sets out to offer a review of the book by F. Yus (2016). Humour and Relevance. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.


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