Literalidad, ironía y ambigüedad calculada

  1. Juan Antonio Martínez López
  2. Mariano Reyes-Tejedor
Estudios filológicos

ISSN: 0071-1713

Year of publication: 2021

Issue: 68

Pages: 105-122

Type: Article

DOI: 10.4067/S0071-17132021000200105 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2021
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.037
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 0.037
  • Article influence score: 0.175
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: LINGUISTICS Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 194/195 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

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  • Year 2021
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.132
  • Best Quartile: Q2
  • Area: Literature and Literary Theory Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 279/1004
  • Area: Linguistics and Language Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 653/1176


  • Social Sciences: B
  • Human Sciences: A

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  • Year 2021
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 0.3
  • Area: Literature and Literary Theory Percentile: 63
  • Area: Linguistics and Language Percentile: 35
  • Area: Language and Linguistics Percentile: 35

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  • Year 2021
  • Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 0.3
  • Best Quartile: Q3
  • Area: LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 240/372
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ABSTRACT: This paper documents that in certain circumstances and in frequently used phrases, speakers intentionally neutralize the intonation of certain phrases in order to create ambiguity. The expression chosen to analyse the above-mentioned phenomenon is the Spanish expression ¡qué cabrón! [what a bastard!] which in a literal sense is strongly offensive, but when declared ironically, acquires a meaning close to praise. The recording of free conversations among young people presents different categories of intonations depending on the linguistic and extra linguistic context in which they are pronounced. The analysis of the information shows that the neutralization of the standard intonation seems to be related to the tension produced in the individual due to a conflict between the expressed and his or her convictions (dissonance), or between the expressed and the norms and values that bond the group he or she belongs to (incongruence).

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