Lexical Signals of Verbal Irony

Neshkovska, Silvana (2017) Lexical Signals of Verbal Irony. International Journal of Education - TEACHER, 13. pp. 81-98. ISSN 1857- 8888

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Abstract

Research on verbal irony reveals that the array of verbal and non-verbal signals used to 'season' expressions with ironicalness is quite impressive. Provided the context ensures the fulfillment of the necessary conditions for expressing irony, these signals significantly alleviate the job of both the ironist and his/her interlocutor. This study focuses on investigating lexical signals of verbal irony (e.g. adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, etc.). It compares the frequency with which they occur in formal and informal speech, in Macedonian and English. The results point to the existence of many similarities in Macedonian and English. The most predominant type of lexical markers, in both formal and informal speech, is the adjectives. In terms of the differences, certain signals were typical only of one of these two languages. This was the case with the archaisms and the borrowings from other languages which were detected only in the Macedonian ironic expressions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Mr Josif Petrovski
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 10:30
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/655

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