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Producing Irony in Adolescence: A Comparison Between Face-to-Face and Computer-Mediated Communication

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The literature suggests that irony production expands in the developmental period of adolescence. We aimed to test this hypothesis by investigating two channels: face-to-face and computer-mediated communication (CMC). Corpora were collected by asking seventh and 11th graders to freely discuss some general topics (e.g., music), either face-to-face or on online forums. Results showed that 6.2% of the 11th graders’ productions were ironic utt erances, compared with just 2.5% of the seventh graders’ productions, confi rming the major development of irony production in adolescence. Results also showed that adolescents produced more ironic utt erances in CMC than face-to-face. Th e analysis suggested that irony use is a strategy for increasing in-group solidarity and compensating for the distance intrinsic to CMC, as it was mostly inclusive and well-marked on forums. Th e present study also confi rmed previous studies showing that irony is compatible with CMC.

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hal-02370835 , version 1 (21-05-2024)

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Marc Aguert, Virginie Laval, Nadia Gauducheau, Hassan Atifi, Michel Marcoccia. Producing Irony in Adolescence: A Comparison Between Face-to-Face and Computer-Mediated Communication. Psychology of Language and Communication, 2016, 20 (3), pp.199-218. ⟨10.1515/plc-2016-0013⟩. ⟨hal-02370835⟩
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