Sarcasm In Figurative Speech

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During conversations between adults there is an understanding that sarcasm and irony is not used for the purpose to be insulting but it is used for humor. Children between the ages of five and six years old started to understand the meaning behind sarcasm and irony but do not grasp the objective of sarcastic and ironic speech. Once children have reached the ages between nine and ten years old, they began understanding the humorous purposed of sarcasm. Theory of mind which allowed the child to predict someone else’s thoughts is an important social cognitive development that children needed that allowed them to comprehend figurative speech. Children exposed to sarcasm which was attained through personal experience allowed them to understand that sarcasm can be lighthearted and humorous. The authors investigated the age at which children distinguished figurative speech. Children at ages of five and six years old possessed a pre perceived notion that regarded the speaker’s use of sarcasm as insulting. The children did not perceived sarcasm as humorous. The researchers administered an experiment on children between the ages of five and six years old as well as children between the ages of nine and ten years old. The researchers used a puppet show to depict different scenarios of sarcasm and irony. The first situation depicted the speaker which is depicted as a puppet commented an insulting remark toward the other speaker regarding a failed action; This situation represented

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