The Pragmatics of Irony and Banter

Manuel Jobert | University of Lyon 3, CREA Paris-Nanterre
ORCID logoSandrine Sorlin | Aix Marseille Univ, LERMA/IUF, Aix-en-Provence, France
ISBN 9789027200532 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027264237 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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The Pragmatics of Irony and Banter is the first book-length study analysing irony and banter together. This approach, inherited from Geoffrey Leech’s research, implies that the two notions are intrinsically related. In this thought-provoking volume, the various contributors (linguists, stylisticians, discourse analysts and literary scholars), while not necessarily agreeing on every aspect of this theoretical premise, discuss and develop the idea. In turn, they consider the workings of these two discursive practices in various corpora (face-to-face or digitally-mediated interactions, novels, comedy shows, etc.) thus providing a wealth of examples and case studies. This well-balanced positioning helps the reader to develop a better understanding of these complex discursive practices that play a crucial part in everyday interaction. Steering a course between traditional perspectives and new theoretical approaches, this innovative and exciting way of looking at irony and banter will no doubt open new avenues for research.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 30] 2018.  vi, 221 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The readers of The Pragmatics of Irony and Banter will appreciate editors Jobert and Sorlin’s discrete but welcome interventions, and namely their efforts to show the many potential connections between the various chapters (as they aptly insert references to other chapters when they feel the reader would benefit from reading them conjointly). The fact that various theoretical angles and discursive contexts are represented makes for a very engaging collected volume, which provides much food for thought and will, no doubt, trigger further research in the field of irony, sarcasm, banter and humor.”
“This volume is a valuable contribution to the study of the still elusive phenomenon of verbal irony and an encouragement to further study irony, especially banter. With a primary focus on verbal irony, the volume will be of great interest to linguists and pragmatics scholars as it offers novel ways of conceptualising and categorising irony, while at the same time setting essential conditions for the identification of irony and offering a thorough insight into how irony works pragmatically.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017058999 | Marc record