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A (Neo)Gricean Account of Irony: An Answer to Relevance Theory

A (Neo)Gricean Account of Irony: An Answer to Relevance Theory Wilson and Sperber purport to reveal several problems in Grice’s approach to irony and propose the echoic account for explaining ironic communication. In this article, I claim that some of the criticisms Wilson and Sperber level at Grice’s view are not well founded, whereas others can be addressed from a (neo)Gricean approach. I also note certain weaknesses in the echoic account. Finally, I propose the Asif -Theory, which is based on Critical Pragmatics and is Gricean in spirit, for explaining irony from a pragmatic perspective. This theory develops (and corrects) Grice’s ideas on irony, but it also accommodates powerful aspects of the echoic account and articulates a full-fledged theory for explaining ironic communication. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Pragmatics Brill

A (Neo)Gricean Account of Irony: An Answer to Relevance Theory

International Review of Pragmatics , Volume 7 (1): 40 – Jan 1, 2015

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
ISSN
1877-3095
eISSN
1877-3109
DOI
10.1163/18773109-00701003
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Abstract

Wilson and Sperber purport to reveal several problems in Grice’s approach to irony and propose the echoic account for explaining ironic communication. In this article, I claim that some of the criticisms Wilson and Sperber level at Grice’s view are not well founded, whereas others can be addressed from a (neo)Gricean approach. I also note certain weaknesses in the echoic account. Finally, I propose the Asif -Theory, which is based on Critical Pragmatics and is Gricean in spirit, for explaining irony from a pragmatic perspective. This theory develops (and corrects) Grice’s ideas on irony, but it also accommodates powerful aspects of the echoic account and articulates a full-fledged theory for explaining ironic communication.

Journal

International Review of PragmaticsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2015

Keywords: irony; implicatures; Grice; echoic account; critical pragmatics

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