Deliberate Misinterpretation of My Fair Lady and Its Pragmatic Analysis in Ironical Context

Yayan YU


This paper aims to analyze the deliberate misinterpretation in ironical context and its pragmatic effects by the Relevance Theory. Deliberate misinterpretation is a usual communicative method in interpersonal communication. According to different context, there will be different pragmatic effects. During the process of communication, in order to realize some special goals, the speakers use some contexts and some ambiguous expressions to misinterpret others on purpose. In ironical context, the speakers’ expressions are misinterpreted to satisfy some special purposes, which will make several pragmatic effects, including protecting self-images or face-saving, relax the atmosphere and avoid confliction.


Ironical context; Deliberate misinterpretation; Pragmatic analysis

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