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Zeitschrift für Slawistik

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Volume 55, Issue 2


Überlegungen zur ironischen Verwendung von Entschuldigungen (dargestellt an russischen und tschechischen literarischen Beispielen)

Sabine Borovanská
  • 1 Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Institut für Slavische Philologie, Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland
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Published Online: 2010-05-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/slaw.2010.0013


The ironic use of excuses is in the focus of the present paper. An excuse, when used ironically, no longer works as an excuse, the speaker expresses something different. But what exactly does the speaker express? The present paper tries to answer this question by first describing the non-ironic use of excuses and then pointing out, how irony changes the pragmatic function of the excuse. It can be shown for a Russian and a Czech literary corpus, that an ironically used excuse strengthens an insult or expresses a reproach. The paper also describes on which level of the speech act the irony can be found (on the illocutionary or on the propositional level).

Keywords: ironic apology; speech act theory; politeness; reproof; insult

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Published Online: 2010-05-21

Published in Print: 2010-04-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Slawistik, Volume 55, Issue 2, Pages 160–175, ISSN (Print) 0044-3506, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/slaw.2010.0013.

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