Sink or Swim
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Explore useful insights and toe-curling incidents with professor emeritus Lita Lundquist, language and humour researcher at Copenhagen Business School, and British-born, Danish-based Helen Dyrbye, freelance proofreader/translator and principal author of The Xenophobe's Guide to the Danes - while learning to navigate humour better in international waters.
"Enjoyable and amusing reading. Backed by meaningful qualitative research, it reaches a broad audience. Anyone dealing with people from other nationalities in formal and working settings may benefit from the reflections expressed in this book."
The European Journal of Humour Research.
Culture Round-Up: New book considers why Danish humour either hits the sweet spot or sinks like a...Copenhagen Post
“All sorts of interesting information
The book features academic insights, research, theories, opinions, amusing observations and real-life incidents, taking a look at the various factors – society, language, hygge – that contribute to the country having such a special sense of humour.
It’s aimed at anyone who is in a relationship with, lives with, studies with or works with a Dane; anyone planning to relocate to Denmark or conduct business in the country; Danes who do not understand why they come across as rude, particularly in business circles; and fans in general of cultural differences: both linguistic and humorous.”
Book review of Danish Humour – SINK OR SWIMA Journal of Language, Culture and Communication
“The authors sketch two models in their introduction which are pivotal to understanding the function of humour in interaction and what shapes humour.
Danish Humour – Sink or Swim [describes] the process by which human beings are socialised into specific forms of humour through the culture (and language) in which they grow up. This hypothesis is defended and substantiated throughout the book, supported by different theories and a multitude of examples of encounters between Danes and non-Danes (that) add credibility to the book, written in a tongue-in-cheek style.”
Book review of Danish Humour - SINK OR SWIMThe European Journal of Humour Research
“Enjoyable and amusing reading. Backed by meaningful qualitative research, it reaches a broad audience. Anyone dealing with people from other nationalities in formal and working settings may benefit from the reflections expressed in this book.”