Is the victim of irony identified by echoic mention?

Yasushi Ishida, Jun-ichi Abe
2010 Shrinigaku kenkyu  
Sperber and Wilson 1981 proposed that the speaker who uttered the expectation that is contradicted by irony is identied as the victim of the irony by the echoic mention of his/her utterance. We conducted two experiments to explore whether the victim of irony is identied by echoic mention. Experiment 1 examined the validity of this hypothesis using three conditions. In the Hearer H echo condition, the speaker who is echoed is the hearer of the potential irony. In the No-Hearer NH echo
more » ... , the speaker who is echoed is not the hearer of the potential irony. The third condition is the no-echo condition. The result supported the hypothesis. In Experiment 2, we manipulated the H echo factor and the NH echo factor in 4 conditions. The results replicated Experiment 1, and showed that the NH is identied as the victim of irony more than the H. These results suggest that echoic mention and also status in the discourse are factors in the comprehension of irony.
doi:10.4992/jjpsy.80.485 pmid:20235473 fatcat:itt4tsmdhvhtlalnfqzysmghey