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The ironic operation: Revisiting the components of ironic meaning

Kapogianni, Eleni (2016) The ironic operation: Revisiting the components of ironic meaning. Journal of Pragmatics, 91 . pp. 16-28. ISSN 0378-2166. E-ISSN 1879-1387. (doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2015.11.001) (KAR id:53810)

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Abstract

This paper sheds more light on the way in which irony functions at the semantics/pragmatics interface by teasing apart three components of the ironic operation: the vehicle, the input, and the output. Focusing on the logical relationship between the expressed and the intended meaning of the ironic utterance, several real instantiations of the phenomenon are discussed and it is demonstrated that the vehicle (i.e. the unit of meaning that is used in an ironic way, thus carrying the ironic intent) does not always coincide with the input (i.e. the unit of meaning on which irony operates). The input to the ironic operation is thus shown to be of three kinds: (a) part of the vehicle, (b) triggered by the vehicle, or (c) discourse-dependent. The final discussion highlights the advantages of viewing irony as an operation rather than an act of mention or dissociation from the content of the utterance.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.pragma.2015.11.001
Uncontrolled keywords: irony, ironic operation, ironic vehicle, (direct) ironic output
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Eleni Kapogianni
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2016 21:05 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 13:32 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53810 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kapogianni, Eleni: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1220-7300
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