ERIC Number: EJ589263
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1997
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Salting a Wound or Sugaring a Pill: The Pragmatic Functions of Ironic Criticism.
Colston, Herbert L.
Discourse Processes, v23 n1 p25-46 1997
Reports results of four experiments in which undergraduate students rated the degree of condemnation in critical remarks. Shows that ironic criticism in many cases is used to enhance rather than to dilute condemnation. Notes significant implications for both pragmatic and processing theories of verbal irony. (SR)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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