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’n Perspektief op ironie in die hedendaagse Afrikaanse taalgebruik

T. van der Merwe
Literator | Vol 22, No 2 | a364 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v22i2.364 | © 2001 T. van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 August 2001 | Published: 07 August 2001

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T. van der Merwe, Departement Afrikaans en Nederlands, Universiteit van Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Abstract

A discussion of irony in contemporary Afrikaans

The purpose of this article is to investigate the nature of irony as used in contemporary Afrikaans language. A common feature of the irony that shows up consistently in contemporary Afrikaans, is some form of duality or contrast, such as between a reality and a perception. Special attention is given to the distinguishing features of verbal irony and the different semantic contrasts which could occur. Various signals indicating irony, and functions of irony in contemporary use are also examined.

Keywords

Implicature; Irony; Irony Of Opposition; Irony Of Scale; Situational Irony; Verbal Irony

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