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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (12) : 2118-2126     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.02118
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Saying What You Don’t Mean: Cognitive Mechanism of Verbal Irony
HUANG Binyao;WANG Xiaolu
(School of International Studies, Center for the Study of Language and Cognition, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China)
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Irony refers to a phenomenon in which people say something they do not really mean. Numerous empirical studies have been conducted focusing on the processing models of irony and the factors which influence its processing. Relevant literature indicates that the understanding of ironic expressions complies more with the constraint-satisfaction model, a parallel model of language processing, in which all different stages are affected and restricted by such factors as types of irony, intonation, contexts and individual cognitive differences. Future research may be directed to issues like the unique nature of irony differentiating from other forms of non-literal language, the interactions between various influencing factors in irony processing, the combined use of different experimental paradigms, and the characteristics of Chinese irony compared with irony in other languages.

Keywords irony      processing models      contexts      individual cognitive differences     
Corresponding Authors: WANG Xiaolu   
Issue Date: 15 December 2013
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HUANG Binyao,WANG Xiaolu. Saying What You Don’t Mean: Cognitive Mechanism of Verbal Irony[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(12): 2118-2126.
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