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Ethan Weed

Is there an irony center in the brain?

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Many theories of irony are based on the idea that to interpret an ironic utterance, we need to consult a separate cognitive function. This cognitive function, which presumably is seated in a different brain area than the more purely linguistic ones, would allow the hearer to make an informed judgment about the speaker's intention. Social cognitive functions such as Theory of Mind, are often proposed as embodying this other cognitive function. In this brief essay, I attempt to slightly change the focus from the ironic utterance itself, to the underlying social cognitive processing that supports interpretation of any utterance at all.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIronistik : Ironi i et multidisciplinært perspektiv
EditorsMerete Birkelund
Publication year2013
ISBN (print)978-87-995467-1-8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventIronistik: Multidisciplinært kollokvium om ironi - Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 15 Mar 201316 Mar 2013


LocationAarhus Universitet

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