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Characterising Irony

Characterising Irony

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About the Book

This book offers a systematic, bottom-up account of irony across both everyday contexts and literary and linguistic texts, using an empirically rigorous approach in distinguishing between central irony, non-central ironies, and non-ironies and highlighting a new way forward for irony research.

The volume considers the current landscape of irony, in which the term is used with increasing frequency with the knock-on effect of a loosening of its meaning. Pattison addresses this challenge by applying a systematic form of analysis, rooted in frameworks from pragmatics and complementary disciplines, to a database of over 500 irony candidates from a wide range of sources. The book uses these examples to illustrate the features of central ironies as well as the attributes used to differentiate between central ironies, non-central ironies, and non-ironies. These attributes are mapped across four key domains, including: difference and opposition; the role of context; how ironies are signaled; and speaker attitude and intention. Taken together, the volume puts forth a credible account for more clearly characterizing examples of irony and equips researchers with a comprehensive step-by-step method for undertaking future research.

This book is key reading for scholars in stylistics, pragmatics, literary studies, and psycholinguistics.

About the Author:

Steven Pattison is an associate professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan, where he teaches English. His research and teaching interests include L2 reading; pragmatics, particularly Gricean and (Neo-)Gricean theory; and stylistics, in particular the study of irony in different genres of texts. He is currently researching the intersection of stylistics and cultural analysis of literary texts as a medium for language learning and teaching.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781032023540
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 252
  • Series Title: Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics
  • Sub Title: A Systematic Approach to Literary and Linguistic Texts
  • Width: 152 mm
  • ISBN-10: 1032023546
  • Publisher Date: 31 Oct 2022
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 16 mm
  • Weight: 520 gr

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