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Irony

Rachel Giora

in On Our Mind

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195136166
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846993 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136166.003.0004
Irony

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This chapter examines the interpretation of irony and its role in language comprehension and production. It evaluates various theories of irony and summarizes the predictions of these theories regarding the processing of irony. It suggests that all the theories, with the exception of the Graded Salience Hypothesis, deal with less familiar and conventional language without acknowledging it and they completely fail to address directly and explicitly salient versus less or nonsalient meanings.

Keywords: irony; language production; Graded Salience Hypothesis; salient meanings

Chapter.  17996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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