Formal Discourse and Types of Ironic Expressions

Neshkovska, Silvana (2017) Formal Discourse and Types of Ironic Expressions. Horizons International scientific journal Series A Social Sciences and Humanities. pp. 159-169.

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Considering the intricate nature of verbal irony one might assume that ironic expressions have no place in formal speech. However, only a superficial glance at a political speech, reveals that the above-stated assumption is far from the truth. Verbal irony appears to be one the favorite “weapons” in the hands of politicians, particularly, when they are determined to disparage their political opponents’ repute in the eyes of the public. Not all ironic utterances in formal speech are of the same type. Ironic utterances may appear in many different forms (ironic complements, ironic criticism, ironic questions, offers, orders, promises, apologies, etc.).
This particular study focuses on analyzing verbal irony employed in political TV discussions and debates. The aim is to determine which types of ironic utterances are more and which are less frequently employed in formal speech. Moreover, comparisons are drawn between Macedonian and English, and certain similar and dissimilar tendencies in both languages are established.
Key words: irony, formal speech, Macedonian, English

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

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