Comedy has deep roots in German culture, with a strong appreciation of political satire as well as physical slapstick. Yet the Germans were voted in a 2011 survey by Badoo.com to be the least funny nationality, reinforcing a well-known stereotype of Germans having no humour.
Professor Nicola Mclelland, Head of the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, has written a top-three BBC news story about the way different languages are constructed affecting the way various cultures deliver and perceive jokes.
Read the news article on the BBC website here.
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