Irony in Language Use and Communication

Angeliki Athanasiadou | Aristotle University
Herbert L. Colston | University of Alberta
ISBN 9789027209856 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027264824 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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The volume provides original research and analyses of the multi-faceted conceptual and verbal process(es) of irony. Key topics explored include interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches to the study of irony. Collectively, the papers examine irony from psychology, embodiment studies, philosophy, cognitive linguistics, the connection and impact of irony on culture and (media) communication, different approaches to verbal irony and others—ultimately attempting to model the mechanisms underlying ironic forms and the psycholinguistic motivations for their investigation. The comprehensive treatment of these issues is fundamental for future research on irony and related phenomena, particularly on questions of its usage, the diversity and/or unity of irony and ultimately the interrelationships between figurative thought and language.

[Figurative Thought and Language, 1] 2017.  x, 282 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[T]his cognitively oriented volume commences an important book series which is bound to attract authors and readers from a variety of disciplines, including pragmatics.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies



Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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