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Ironic speakers, vigilant hearers

Mazzarella, Diana; Pouscoulous, Nausicaa; (2023) Ironic speakers, vigilant hearers. Intercultural Pragmatics , 20 (2) pp. 111-132. 10.1515/ip-2023-2001. Green open access

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Abstract

Verbal irony characteristically involves the expression of a derogatory, dissociative attitude. The ironical speaker is not only stating a blatant falsehood or irrelevant proposition; she is also communicating her stance towards its epistemic status. The centrality of attitude recognition in irony understanding opens up the question of which cognitive abilities make it possible. Drawing on Wilson (2009), we provide a full-fledged account of the role of epistemic vigilance in irony understanding and suggest that it relies on the exercise of first- and second-order vigilance towards the content, the ironic speaker as well as the source of the irony.

Type: Article
Title: Ironic speakers, vigilant hearers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/ip-2023-2001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/ip-2023-2001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: attitude; developmental pragmatics; epistemic vigilance; irony; source monitoring
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10179994
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