Paper: A Unified Theory Of Irony And Its Computational Formalization

ACL ID C96-2162
Title A Unified Theory Of Irony And Its Computational Formalization
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1996
Authors

This paper presents a unified theory of verbal irony tbr developing a computa- tional model of irony. The theory claims that an ironic utterance implicitly com- municates the fact that its utterance sit- uation is surrounded by ironic environ- ment which has three properties, but hearers can assume an utterance to be ironic even when they recognize that it implicitly communicates only two of the three properties. Implicit commu- nication of three properties is accom- plished in such a way that an utterance alludes to the speaker's expectation, vi- olates pragmatic principles, and implies the speaker's emotional attitude. This paper also describes a method for com- putationally formalizing ironic environ- ment and its implicit communication us- ing situation theory with action theory.