Irony in Context

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 206 pages
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In her book, Barbe discusses verbal irony as an interpretative notion. Verbal irony is described in its various realizations and thus placed within linguistics and pragmatics. From the point of view of an analyzing observer, Barbe provides an eclectic approach to irony in context, a study of how conversational irony works, and how it compares with other concepts in which it plays a role. In addition, by means of the analysis of irony as an integrated pervasive feature of language, Barbe questions some basic unstated, literacy and culture-dependent assumptions about language. Her study of irony complements contemporary research in the area of conversational analysis.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1
Chapter 1 An Invitation to Irony
3
Chapter 2 But thats not ironic
15
Chapter 3 Linguistic Approaches to Irony
33
Chapter 4 Traditional and Literary Approaches to Irony
61
Taking Stock
73
Chapter 6 Irony and Jokes
93
Chapter 7 Irony and Lies
111
Chapter 8 Explicit Irony
131
Chapter 9 The Translation of Irony
145
Chapter 10 Epilogue
171
Notes
177
References
189
Index
203
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