Verbal Irony in Political Discourse

Neshkovska, Silvana and Lazarevska Stanchevska, Jovanka (2013) Verbal Irony in Political Discourse. Proceedings of the International Applied Linguistics Conference: Practice in Language, Language in Practice (PLLP). pp. 25-35. ISSN 978-608-4506-34-8

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Verbal irony is a very powerful ‘weapon’ in people’s everyday speech; a device for concealing their
true intentions and avoiding responsibility for what they say. Traditionally, verbal irony has been
defined as any utterance which is intended to convey some other or completely opposite meaning
of its literal meaning. However, this definition depicts only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of this intricate
multifaceted pragmatic phenomenon which comprises several crucial and completely intertwined
aspects. The aim of this paper is to analyze the usage of verbal irony in political discourse in the
Macedonian language. Macedonian politicians, similarly to most politicians worldwide, frequently
resort to using verbal irony when criticizing and disparaging their political opponents, especially
during pre-election campaigns. Therefore, political public speeches delivered by Macedonian
politicians belonging to both the ruling majority and the opposition are closely scrutinized in order
to determine: how frequently politicians employ verbal irony; how they signal their ironic intent
(markers of verbal irony) and how they formulate their ironic utterances (types of verbal irony).
Key words: verbal irony, political discourse, types of verbal irony, signals of irony

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Prof. d-r Silvana Neshkovska
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2023 15:02
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2023 15:02

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