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Bakhtiniana: Revista de Estudos do Discurso

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MACHADO, Ida Lucia. Irony as a Communicative and Argumentative Strategy. Bakhtiniana, Rev. Estud. Discurso [online]. 2014, vol.9, n.1, pp.108-128. ISSN 2176-4573.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S2176-45732014000100008.

This article draws upon the polyphonic theory of Bakhtin (1970a, 1970b) as well as certain concepts utilized by Ducrot (1984), showing, in the field of a theory of discourse analysis - in this case, Charaudeau's semiolinguistics (1983, 1992, 2008) - some procedures which lead to the construction of irony. The study takes into account that this linguistic phenomenon appears as a means of communication susceptible to the creation of argumentative strategies even if the latter are not presented in a non-conventional way. To illustrate this, the study uses, as a basis for reflection, excerpts from the memoirs or life narrative of a French artist whose form of writing, according to Bakhtin (1970b), may fall into the category of Carnival literature.

Keywords : Irony; Communicative strategies; Life narrative; Discourse analysis.

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