Tom Clark is developing a comparative research project to examine improvised and semi-improvised public language in the fields of sport, politics, business, and satire.

(See my biography page for more information).


Publications:
Towards a Poetics of Contemporary Public Rhetoric: The Performer's Need for Platitude and Cliche

This paper adopts methods from oral-formulaic poetry scholarship to assessing the role of platitude and cliché in performing contemporary public rhetoric.

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Towards a Formulaic Poetics of Contemporary Public Rhetoric: The Interpretative Processing of Platitude and Cliche

This paper examines the use of rhetorical formulas as an interpretative tool for audiences listening to public language.

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Towards a Formulaic Poetics of Contemporary Public Rhetoric: A Politician’s Prosody

This paper analyses the rhetoric of politics, paying close attention to prosody or elements of versification in written and spoken language.

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Humour Theory and Conversational Agents: An Application in the Development of Computer-based Agents

This paper surveys a range of humour theories in search of a theory that can be applied to the interactions of computer-based conversational agents.

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Polity and Poetics: Strategic Uses of the Poem in Public Language

Public language occasionally resorts to verse to convey its meanings. This paper explores how these poetic turns reflect on the poetics of public language itself.

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Scripting Humour in Conversational Agents: Improvisation and Emergence of Humorous Interchanges

This paper will explore the inter-related issues of scriptwriting, emergence, and improvisation in a new media environment.

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Chat-bot Humour: A Survey of Methodological Approaches for a Creative New Media Project

This paper surveys a range of methodological approaches to underpin a creative project that will develop a pair of online, computer-based conversational agents.

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Design Dramaturgy: A Case Study in New Media, Humor and Artificial Intelligence

This paper explores design dramaturgy through a case study of a creative PhD project that employs chatbots (artificial intelligence agents) to play the roles of "comedian" and "straight-man".

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Comedy, Creativity, and Culture: A Metamodern Perspective

Neither creativity theory nor humour theory exists in a cultural vacuum. This metamodern perspective on comedy will collapse the binary oppositions of novelty and tradition, and theory and practice.

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Published online: November 3, 2014

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Comedy and Artificial Intelligence: Do We Laugh When a Thing Gives the Impression of Being a Person?

Using an award winning comedy duo of artificial intelligence agents as a case study this paper argues for a reappraisal of the human/machine dichotomy.

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Published online: October 31, 2014

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