On the Difficulty of Automatically Detecting Irony: Beyond a Simple Case of Negation

Autores UPV
Revista Knowledge and Information Systems


It is well-known that irony is one of the most subtle devices used to, in a refined way and without a negation marker, deny what is literally said. As such, its automatic detection would represent valuable knowledge regarding tasks as diverse as sentiment analysis, information extraction, or decision making. The research described in this article is focused on identifying key values of components to represent underlying characteristics of this linguistic phenomenon. In absence of a negation marker, we focus on representing the core of irony by means of three conceptual layers.