Irony in Language and Thought: A Cognitive Science Reader

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Raymond W. Gibbs, Herbert L. Colston
Psychology Press, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 607 pages
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Irony in Language and Thought assembles an interdisciplinary collection of seminal empirical and theoretical papers on irony in language and thought into one comprehensive book. A much-needed resource in the area of figurative language, this volume centers on a theme from cognitive science - that irony is a fundamental way of thinking about the human experience. The editors lend perspective in the form of opening and closing chapters, which enable readers to see how such works have furthered the field, as well as to inspire present and future scholars.

Featured articles focus on the following topics:

  • theories of irony, addressing primarily comprehension of its verbal form
  • context in irony comprehension
  • social functions of irony
  • the development of irony understanding
  • situational irony.

Scholars and students in psychology, linguistics, philosophy, literature, anthropology, artificial intelligence, art, and communications will consider this book an excellent resource. It serves as an ideal supplement in courses that present major ideas in language and thought.

 

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Contents

A Brief History of Irony
3
THEORIES OF IRONY
23
On the Pretense Theory of Irony
25
On Verbal Irony
35
How About Another Piece of Pie The Allusional Pretense Theory of Discourse Irony
57
On Necessary Conditions for Verbal Irony Comprehension
97
Irony as Relevant Inappropriateness
135
CONTEXT IN IRONY COMPREHENSION
171
Irony in Talk Among Friends
339
From Blame by Praise to Praise by Blame Analysis of Vocal Patterns in Ironic Communication
361
Responding to Irony in Different Contexts On Cognition in Conversation
381
DEVELOPMENT OF IRONY UNDERSTANDING
407
A Developmental Test of Theoretical Perspectives on the Understanding of Verbal Irony Childrens Recognition of Allusion and Pragmatic Insincerity
409
Childrens Comprehension of Critical and Complimentary Forms of Verbal Irony
425
Childrens Perceptions of the Social Functions of Verbal Irony
447
SITUATIONAL IRONY A CONCEPT OF EVENTS GONE AWRY
465

On the Psycholinguistics of Sarcasm
173
Irony Context and Salience
201
Neuropsychological Studies of Sarcasm
217
Discourse Factors That Influence Online Reading of Metaphor and Irony
231
Obligatory Processing of the Literal Meaning of Ironic Utterances Further Evidence
253
Irony Negation Echo and Metarepresentation
269
THE SOCIAL FUNCTIONS OF IRONY
295
Why Not Say It Directly? The Social Functions of Irony
297
Salting a Wound or Sugaring a Pill The Pragmatic Functions of Ironic Criticism
319
Situational Irony A Concept of Events Gone Awry
467
Verbal Irony As Implicit Display of Ironic Environment Distinguishing Ironic Utterances From Nonirony
499
The Bicoherence Theory of Situational Irony
531
CONCLUSION
579
The Future of Irony Studies
581
Author Index
595
Subject Index
605
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Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is previously the author of The Poetics of Mind and Understanding and Intentions in the Experience of Meaning. He is co-editor (with G. Steen) of Metaphor in Cognitive Linguistics" and editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal, Metaphor and Symbol.

Herbert L. Colston is Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside. Dr Colston has published widely and edited several books including Figurative Language Comprehension: Social and Cultural Influences and Irony in Language and Thought: A Cognitive Science Reader.

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