The Pragmatics of Irony and Banter, Manuel Jobert and Sandrine Sorlin (eds.)

Manuel Jobert and Sandrine Sorlin – 2018

Manuel Jobert and Sandrine Sorlin (eds.), The Pragmatics of Irony and Banter. ISBN : 978-90-272-0053-2. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing, coll. Linguistic Approaches to Literature n° 30, 221p., mai 2018.

The Pragmatics of Irony and Banter is the first book-length study analysing irony and banter together. This approach, inherited from Geoffrey Leech’s research, implies that the two notions are intrinsically related. In this thought-provoking volume, the various contributors (linguists, stylisticians, discourse analysts and literary scholars), while not necessarily agreeing on every aspect of this theoretical premise, discuss and develop the idea. In turn, they consider the workings of these two discursive practices in various corpora (face-to-face or digitally-mediated interactions, novels, comedy shows, etc.) thus providing a wealth of examples and case studies. This well-balanced positioning helps the reader to develop a better understanding of these complex discursive practices that play a crucial part in everyday interaction. Steering a course between traditional perspectives and new theoretical approaches, this innovative and exciting way of looking at irony and banter will no doubt open new avenues for research.

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