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A Critical Pragmatic Study of Sarcasms in American and British Interviews

Bushra Nima RASHID

This study intends to present sarcasm in American and British interviews. It begins with the concept of sarcasm. It sheds lights on this phenomenon, its types and functions. It tries to give answers to the following questions: Do people violate a maxim in order to mislead or to deceive someone? Do American people violate the maxims of conversation more than the British? What is the purpose behind using sarcasm? This study aims at: Identifying the term sarcasm as a pragmatic concept, used in American and British interviews for different purposes. Finding out the violation of Grice's Cooperative Principle and its four maxims in interviews. Analyzing the selected words or phrases, employed in this kind of discourse. It is hypothesized that: Grice's cooperative principle is frequently violated in American and British interviews by using sarcasm. All the maxims of conversation, namely, Quality, Quantity, Manner, and Relation are flouted in the interviews. Sarcasm is used to convey additional implied meaning to the audience. The present study is limited to the critical pragmatic analysis of American and British interviews in terms of Grice's maxims (1975) and according to the types and functions of sarcasm. The selected words or phrases are (40) extracted from the interviews.

Keywords: American Interviews, British Interviews, Sarcasms, Critical Pragmatic Study


A Critical Pragmatic Study of Sarcasms in American and British Interviews

This study intends to present sarcasm in American and British interviews. It begins with the concept of sarcasm. It sheds lights on this phenomenon, its types and functions. It tries to give answers to the following questions: Do people violate a maxim in order to mislead or to deceive someone? Do American people violate the maxims of conversation more than the British? What is the purpose behind using sarcasm? This study aims at: Identifying the term sarcasm as a pragmatic concept, used in American and British interviews for different purposes. Finding out the violation of Grice's Cooperative Principle and its four maxims in interviews. Analyzing the selected words or phrases, employed in this kind of discourse. It is hypothesized that: Grice's cooperative principle is frequently violated in American and British interviews by using sarcasm. All the maxims of conversation, namely, Quality, Quantity, Manner, and Relation are flouted in the interviews. Sarcasm is used to convey additional implied meaning to the audience. The present study is limited to the critical pragmatic analysis of American and British interviews in terms of Grice's maxims (1975) and according to the types and functions of sarcasm. The selected words or phrases are (40) extracted from the interviews.

Anahtar Kelimeler: American Interviews, British Interviews, Sarcasms, Critical Pragmatic Study


For Cited

Rashid, B. N. (2022). A Critical Pragmatic Study of Sarcasms in American and British Interviews. Journal of Strategic Research in Social Science, 8 (1), 55-72.


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