The Varieties of Verbal Irony

Lingua 232 (2019)

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Arthur Sullivan
Memorial University of Newfoundland
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This paper has two interconnected goals -- one defensive and fairly conservative, the other more novel and enterprising. The first goal is to defend a broadly Gricean approach to verbal irony from the post-Gricean criticisms which have emerged in the intervening literature --i.e., all things considered, verbal irony is best viewed as one among many species of particularized conversational implicature. The subsequent goal is to work toward developing a significantly original theory of verbal irony, within this Gricean orientation, which aims to take into account and rectify some omissions in and shortcomings of Grice’s very brief published remarks on the topic
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