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Volume 23, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171

Abstract

Abstract

Some linguistic constructions can be considered default ironic construc­tions, as those combinations of words almost always trigger an ironic reading (Giora, Drucker & Fein 2014, Giora et al 2015). According to La Roi (2014), the Dutch -X-construction can be considered such a default ironic construction. However, a corpus analysis reveals that most of the instances are not ironic. The assumption that the -X-construction is ironic by default no longer holds. Nevertheless, the corpus analysis indeed shows that the combination of with a positive evaluative word is significantly more interpreted as ironic than the usage of or the positive evaluative words in isolation.

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