Humor Perception across Languages, Gender and Cultures


Vaid, J. (2000). New approaches to conceptual representations in bilingual memory: The case for studying humor interpretation. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 3(1), 28-30.

Vaid, J. (2006) Joking across languages: Perspectives on humor, emotion, and bilingualism. In A. Pavlenko (Ed.), Bilingual minds: Emotional experience, expression, and representation (pp. 152-182). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Vaid, J., Choi,* H., Chen*, H.C., & Friedman*, M. (2008). Perceiving and responding to embarrassing predicaments across languages: Cultural influences on the mental lexicon. Mental Lexicon, 3, 122-148.



Quiros, A. & Vaid, J. (1997, March). Male and female perceptions of humor in daily life. Paper presented at annual meeting of South Central Women’s Studies, Texas A & M University.

Quiros, A. & Vaid, J. (1998, Feb.) Gendered perceptions of humor uses and effectiveness. Poster presentation, Eastern Psychological Association, Boston.

Vaid, J. & Hull, R. (1998, Nov.). Humor appreciation and the status quo: An empirical study. Poster presentation, Psychonomics Society, Dallas.

Vaid, J. & Hull, R. (1998, May). Perceptions of humor of typical vs. atypical gender role portrayal. Poster presentation, Texas Conference on Cognition, ARMADILLO, Rice University.

Quiros, A. & Vaid, J. (1999, June). Perceptions of conversational uses of humor by men and women as ascribed to the same vs. the opposite sex. Paper presented at International Society for Humor Studies,Holy Names College, Oakland.

Vaid, J. (2003, April). Joking across languages: Towards a theory of humor interpretation in bilinguals. Panel on Bilingualism and Emotions, Fourth International Symposium on Bilingualism, University ofArizona.

Vaid, J., Chen, H-C., Choi, H. & Martinez, F. (2003, Oct.). Cultural identity affects joking across languages: Survey data from Spanish-English speakers in Laredo, Texas. Poster, Southwest Cognition Conference, Texas A&M University.

Vaid, J., Choi, H., Martinez, F., & Chen, H.-C. (2004, May). Perceptions of humor uses for self vs. culture across four groups. Poster, American Psychological Society, Chicago.

Vaid, J. (2004, July). Playing with and through languages: Bilingual humor as artful transgression Invited Forum Lecture, International Conference on Globalization and World Englishes: Identity and Creativity,Syracuse University.

Martinez, F., Chen, H.-C., Vaid, J., Wilkinson, L. & Price, E., (2004, Oct.). Joke comprehension and detection: Is there a bilingual advantage? Poster, annual Southwest Cognition Conference (ARMADILLO),University of Texas at Arlington.

Vaid, J., Chen, H.-C., Rao, C., & Manzano, I. (2006, May). Joke detection: Is there a bilingual and/or brokering advantage? Conference on Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, Toronto.

Vaid, J., Choi, H., Chen, H.-C., & Friedman, M. (2006, June). Bilinguals’ perceptions of and responses to embarrassing situations. Panel on Emotion Words in the Mental Lexicon: Processing, Representation and Implications for Teaching and Translation, American Association for Applied Linguistics annual conference, Montreal.


· Milliken, K., Vaid, J., Rao, C., Chen, H.C., & Galindo, J. (2009, July). Does prior language brokering experience affect ambiguity monitoring and conceptual organization in bilingual adults? Seventh International Symposium on Bilingualism, Utrecht.