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Dear Forum Users,

I am writing a paper on irony and I have just finished the abstract. Could anyone please revise it for organization, details, clarity, grammar, style, etc.? So, here it is:

Irony is a pervasive mode of thought and is taken to be an expression of feeling, attitude or evaluation. This paper casts a critical glance at the traditional pragmatic view of irony as well as the most definitive theories of the 1980s and 90s and shows that most of these conceptions are incomplete: they have a limited sphere of explanatory sway, as attested by the occurrence of instances of ironic speech not conforming to these models. This paper also uncovers further inconsistencies in relation to the definition of verbal irony.

As a result of all of these uncertainties, this paper takes a cognitive stance and treats irony as a mode of thought rather than as a figure of speech or a strategy of communication. As a cognitive-conceptual phenomenon, this study argues, irony cannot have a single possible interpretation. Rather, it is a family of related phenomena, each with its own internal structure or, as the paper terms it, ‘script’.

Thank you very much.

Pal
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  • Dear Pal - That's a very interesting abstract full of terms, ideas and concepts I have never seen before.

  • It's a good idea for writers to use a checklist when writing an abstract. A good abstract, whether for a literary or scientific journal should include a 1) a clear problem (intent) statement void of vague concepts and high-flying terminology, 2) your motivation for writing the paper, 3) results of your research into the issue at hand, 4) approach, and 5) conclusions. Following this checklist should increase the chance of people taking the time to obtain and read your complete paper.
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Hi,

Here are some suggetions.

Clive

I am writing a paper on irony and I have just finished the abstract. Could anyone please revise it for organization, details, clarity, grammar, style, etc.? So, here it is:

Irony is a pervasive <<< not sure what you mean here, no doubt it will be clear to your audience mode of thought and is taken to be an expression of feeling, attitude or evaluation. This paper casts a critical glance at the traditional pragmatic view of irony as well as the most definitive theories of the 1980s and 90s, and shows that most of these conceptions are incomplete: they have a limited sphere of explanatory sway, as attested by the occurrence of instances of ironic speech not conforming to these models. This paper also uncovers further inconsistencies in relation to the definition of verbal irony. You mention 'verbal' here. What kind were you discussing in the earlier part of the paragraph? Written? Or irony in general?

As a result of all of these uncertainties, this paper takes a cognitive stance and treats irony as a mode of thought rather than as a figure of speech can irony be called 'a figure of speech'? or a strategy of communication. As a cognitive-conceptual phenomenon, this study argues, irony cannot have a single possible interpretation. Rather, it is a family of related phenomena, each with its own internal structure or, as the paper terms it, ‘script’.
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Thank you very much JohnParis and Clive! Hey Clive, good to hear from You again!

Pal
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