Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Martha Michieka

Thesis Professor Department

Literature and Language

Thesis Reader(s)

Yousif Elhindi, Patrick Cronin


This study investigates the creation of humor in the dialog of the television sit-com Seinfeld to gain a deeper understanding of humor techniques in a long format. By analyzing six episodes of the series, it is seen that the Incongruity Theory of Humor, violations of Grice’s maxims of the Cooperative Principle, and perspective clashes (such as miscommunications) are essential to the humor throughout each episode.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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