International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Flouting the Gricean Maxims in Satire
Maisoun Abu -Joudeh, Jameleh Fanoun

The main thrust of this study was to find out the conversational implicatures generated from flouting the Gricean maxims in two Jordanian satirical plays, namely “Muatin hasb alttalab” (1997) and “Al’an fahumtukum” (2012). Sixty-six talk exchanges from the two plays were analyzed to identify instances of flouting the Gricean maxims (quantity, quality, relation, and manner). The findings revealed that both plays flouted the Gricean maxims to poke fun and laughter. Furthermore, the maxims of quality and relation were flouted the most by the characters of both plays to ensure that their message is delivered effectively. Moreover, it was found that the characters of “al’an fahumtukum” had more space and freedom to express themselves than those in “muatin hasb alttalab” since the former was written in an era characterized by a democratic spirit.

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