Phenomenology of representations about comic concepts in pre-school children


The article analyzes foreign studies in the sphere of humour development in children of pre-school age. It presents the results of empiric research conducted with the aim to study comic concepts in children. The content analysis of children’s stories enabled to reveal 6 groups of actions which take part in creating the comic content: transformation actions; actions for ruining the image of an object or phenomenon; the action of falling; game actions; breaking general rules of physiological type; direct actions. Descriptions of each group of stories is given.

Key words: 

pre-school children, understanding humour, funny stories, сognitive development, discrepancies, actions.

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