On verbal and situational irony

  1. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José 1
  2. Lozano-Palacio, Inés 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Rioja
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    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España

    GRID grid.119021.a

Book:
Figurative Language – Intersubjectivity and Usage
  1. Augusto Soares da Silva (ed. lit.)

ISSN: 2405-6944

ISBN: 9789027208552

Year of publication: 2021

Pages: 213-240

Type: Book chapter

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DOI: 10.1075/ftl.11.07rui GOOGLE SCHOLAR

Abstract

This chapter treats the notion of ironic echo as subsidiary to the broader notion of epistemic scenario, which applies to both verbal and situational irony. In verbal irony, the existence of an epistemic scenario takes the shape of a pretended agreement with someone’s beliefs, which can be materialized in agreement expressions of various kinds including echoic mentions. In situational irony, the epistemic scenario is built on a generally reliable assumption about a state of affairs. Finally, situational irony can be embedded within a communicative context, an observation which allows for a classification of ironic types that overrides the traditional verbal irony-situational irony dichotomy. The resulting account provides a single unified framework for the study of irony.

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