The relationship between irony and sarcasm: insights from a first-order metalanguage investigation

Taylor, Charlotte (2017) The relationship between irony and sarcasm: insights from a first-order metalanguage investigation. Journal of Politeness Research, 13 (2). ISSN 1612-5681

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Abstract

The relationship between irony and sarcasm has been much discussed and yet there is still little agreement on how the two relate at a theoretical level, as Attardo (2000: 795) notes “there is no consensus on whether irony and sarcasm are essentially the same thing […] or if they differ significantly”. The aim of this paper is to take a user-perspective and report on how participants in everyday conversations in the UK and Italy talk about irony and sarcasm and what kinds of authentic behaviors are described using these labels. These findings are discussed with reference to the academic concepts of irony and sarcasm to investigate how the lay and academic perspectives relate.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: impoliteness; irony; sarcasm; corpus pragmatics
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 12:53
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 07:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65250

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