Irony in Language and Thought: A Cognitive Science Reader

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-05-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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We have witnessed an explosion of research over the past twenty years in the cognitive sciences on figurative language. While there are many books on the topic of metaphor, there is no collection in one volume of the theories and empirical research on irony. This interdisciplinary reader fills that void.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
A Brief History of Ironyp. 3
Theories of Irony
On the Pretense Theory of Ironyp. 25
On Verbal Ironyp. 35
How About Another Piece of Pie: The Allusional Pretense Theory of Discourse Ironyp. 57
On Necessary Conditions for Verbal Irony Comprehensionp. 97
Irony As Relevant Inappropriatenessp. 135
Context in Irony Comprehension
On the Psycholinguistics of Sarcasmp. 173
Irony: Context and Saliencep. 201
Neuropsychological Studies of Sarcasmp. 217
Discourse Factors That Influence Online Reading of Metaphor and Ironyp. 231
Obligatory Processing of Literal Meaning of Ironic Utterances: Further Evidencep. 253
Irony: Negation, Echo, and Metarepresentationp. 269
The Social Functions of Irony
Why Not Say It Directly? The Social Functions of Ironyp. 297
Salting a Wound or Sugaring a Pill: The Pragmatic Functions of Ironic Criticismp. 319
Irony in Talk Among Friendsp. 339
From "Blame by Praise" to "Praise by Blame:" Analysis of Vocal Patterns in Ironic Communicationp. 361
Responding to Irony in Different Contexts: On Cognition in Conversationp. 381
Development of Irony Understanding
A Developmental Test of Theoretical Perspectives on the Understanding of Verbal Irony: Children's Recognition of Allusion and Pragmatic Insincerityp. 409
Children's Comprehension of Critical and Complimentary Forms of Verbal Ironyp. 425
Children's Perceptions of the Social Functions of Verbal Ironyp. 447
Situational Irony: A Concept of Events Gone Awry
Situational Irony: A Concept of Events Gone Awryp. 467
Verbal Irony As Implicit Display of Ironic Environment: Distinguishing Ironic Utterances From Nonironyp. 499
The Bicoherence Theory of Situational Ironyp. 531
The Future of Irony Studiesp. 581
Author Indexp. 595
Subject Indexp. 605
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