关键词：老友记； 双关语； 语音双关； 语义双关； 修辞功能
Abstract:With the rapid development of the cyber age, American Situation Comedy is getting more and more popular among younger generation in China. Friends, as a classic of American Situation Comedy, has won uncounted applause from audience since it was presented seventeen years ago. Chinese students feel a strong affinity to American humor. Meanwhile, English teachers regard it as an excellent teaching material due to its authentic American accent and the dialogue that is close to life. Humorous dialogue，vivid characters and excellent acting are the key factors to the success of Friends, among which, humorous dialogue is the most significant factor that other situation comedies cannot exceed. Friends’ dialogue uses various techniques of expression, of which, pun is one of the most eye-catching coloring adjuncts among the language instruments. Puns in Friends are extremely common. They are varied and colorful. Puns in Friends can be divided into five kinds, and they are homophone, homograph, parody, grammar twisted meaning and grammar puns. This article, through studying the distinctive rhetorical functions of puns in Friends, helps readers not only further understand American culture, especially American humor, but also better catch the characteristics of American English and learn to appreciate the charm of puns. Consequently, readers may cultivate the appreciation of language and improve the language competence.
Key words： Friends； Puns； Homophone；Homograph； Rhetorical function...