This chapter attempts to map out different types of irony, using a model of communication which encompasses a range of potential meaning including linguistic, textual, interpersonal and situational meaning. It is argued that the resulting description of potentially ironic examples can help to show where apparently different types have overlap. It also attempts to demonstrate the boundaries of irony in relation to linguistic more generally and to articulate some of the distinctions between irony and other forms of apparent clash such as and hypocrisy. The chapter concludes that irony can occur without intention and despite, not because of, an audience, though both intentionality and addressee(s) are needed for the most recognisable forms of verbal irony.
|Title of host publication||The Pragmatics of Irony and Banter|
|Editors||Manuel Jobert, Sandrine Sorlin|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Apr 2018|
|Name||Linguistic Approaches to Literature|