The Power of Verbal Irony

Neshkovska, Silvana (2016) The Power of Verbal Irony. Teaching Languages and Cultures in the Post -Method Era: Issues and Developments Conference Proceedings. ISSN 978-86-7379-398-6

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Abstract

Abstract Normally people use verbal irony when they want to be humorous, criticize, humiliate and make fun of their interlocutors. The interlocutors, i.e. the ‘victims’ of irony, depending on how they interpret the ironist’s intent, could react in various ways, for instance, they could laugh; say nothing; change the topic or respond ironically. In this paper the accent is put on the ironic responses uttered as a reaction to the ironist’s initial ironic comments. In fact, this paper analyzes the ‘power’ of verbal irony to provoke further ironic comments in formal and informal discourse, in two completely dissimilar languages, Macedonian and English. The results reveal that, in general, unlike the Macedonian native speakers who appear to be more hesitant, the English native speakers show greater inclination towards reciprocating ironically to the initial ironic comments. However, both Macedonian and English native speakers seem to prefer to respond ironically to the initial ironic expressions much more frequently in informal speech than in formal speech. Key words: verbal irony, ironic responses, formal/informal speech

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Prof. d-r Silvana Neskovska
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 10:31
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 10:31
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/5683

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