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The ironist's intentions: Communicative priority and manifestness

Kapogianni, Eleni (2016) The ironist's intentions: Communicative priority and manifestness. Pragmatics and Cognition, 23 (1). pp. 150-173. ISSN 0929-0907. E-ISSN 1569-9943. (doi:10.1075/pc.23.1.07kap) (KAR id:57604)


This paper examines the ironic speaker's intentions, drawing distinctions on the basis of two criteria: communicative priority (primary – secondary communicative intentions) and manifestness (overt – subtle – mixed – covert). It is argued that these provide useful insights into the widely discussed categories of speaker's intentions (e.g. a priori versus post facto intentions, private i-intentions versus shared we-intentions). First of all, " ironic meaning " is viewed as comprising a set of different types of meaning, including a bundle of implicatures that can be hierarchically ranked in terms of both communicative priority and inferential priority. Secondly, examples of different degrees of manifestness of the ironist's intentions are discussed in light of the communicative complexities of irony, which is viewed as a higher-order phenomenon. The final discussion attempts to bring together the analyses of the speaker's and the hearer's perspectives, contributing to a dynamic model of ironic discourse.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1075/pc.23.1.07kap
Uncontrolled keywords: pragmatics, irony, sarcasm, speaker intentions, covert intentions, manifestness of intentions, primary meaning
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Eleni Kapogianni
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 11:43 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 21:25 UTC
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