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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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: Josif Petrovski
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 10:30
URI: https://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/655

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