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Steen, Gerard, Christian Burgers and Kiki Y. Renardel de Lavalette. 2018. Metaphor, hyperbole, and irony: Uses in isolation and in combination in written discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 127.
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This paper explores how metaphor, hyperbole, and irony are employed in isolation and combination, conducting a corpus analysis of Dutch economic news discourse. Typical metaphor-hyperbole combinations diverge from their use in isolation. Irony appeared associated with hyperbole, yet not with metaphor. Combinations of the three tropes reflected conventional rather than new word use.