The on-line processing of written irony

Filik, R. and Moxey, L.M. (2010) The on-line processing of written irony. Cognition, 116(3), pp. 421-436. (doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2010.06.005)

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We report an eye-tracking study in which we investigate the on-line processing of written irony. Specifically, participants’ eye movements were recorded while they read sentences which were either intended ironically, or non-ironically, and subsequent text which contained pronominal reference to the ironic (or non-ironic) phrase. Results showed longer reading times for ironic comments compared to a non-ironic baseline, suggesting that additional processing was required in ironic compared to non-ironic conditions. Reading times for subsequent pronominal reference indicated that for ironic materials, both the ironic and literal interpretations of the text were equally accessible during on-line language comprehension. This finding is most in-line with predictions of the graded salience hypothesis, which, in conjunction with the retention hypothesis, states that readers represent both the literal and ironic interpretation of an ironic utterance.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moxey, Dr Linda
Authors: Filik, R., and Moxey, L.M.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Cognition
ISSN (Online):1873-7838

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