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This pack offers a structured and visual approach to understanding how and why people use sarcasm, and the importance of context and intonation.
This resource will be useful to practitioners working on social communication skills with pupils who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
A study by Capelli in 1990 showed that children between the ages of six to nine years of age could recognize sarcasm when the speakers used sarcastic intonation but failed to do so without the intonation cue, even when the context strongly indicated a non literal interpretation. In a second experiment, subjects delivered dialogue with intonation they deemed appropriate, and justified their choices, based on contexts that either suggested sarcasm or not. Young children again appeared largely oblivious to contextually implied sarcasm. These results suggest that children initially depend more heavily on intonation than on context in recognizing sarcasm.
Children on the autistic spectrum may also find our Idioms pack useful.
Aim: To develop recognition and understanding of sarcasm.
Age Range: KS2, 7 yrs.+
Curriculum targets: KS2 English. Speaking and listening
Format: PDF file, 5 pages instructions, 6 pages of pictures illustrating 12 situations. Available as a download 8MB (Very quick to download!) or on CD.
Capelli. CA, Nakagawa, N and Madden, CM. (1990). How children understand sarcasm: The role of context and intonation. Child Development, Vol 61. pp1824-1841