Publication details [#62169]

Almor, Amit, Sara Peters, Kathryn Wilson, Timothy W. Boiteau and Carlos Gelormini-Lezama. 2016. Do you hear it now? A native advantage for sarcasm processing. Bilingualism 19 (2) : 400–414.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Cambridge University Press


This paper explores to what degree native-English speakers and Arabic-speaking English learners depend on contextual and prosodic cues to recognize sarcasm in spoken English, positioning these findings within actual cross-linguistic effects literature. Arabic speakers are inclined to solely focus on contextual semantic information. These results help explain the relative interest of contextual and prosodic cues in native-English speakers and back theories that propose that prosody and emotion may transfer singly in second language acquisition so that one could shift whereas the other does not.