This paper focuses on ‘sarcasm’ and the role prosodic qualities, sound length, intonation, pause, play in determining and understanding the meaning of sarcastic expressions. In order to objectively analyze the prosodic qualities of ‘sarcasm’, this paper, using Pratt, studies three factors that contribute to the meaning and understanding of sarcastic expressions, sound length, intonation and pause which are described as ‘expressive’ in this paper.
Sound length which is most diverse and plays the greatest role out of the three in determining the meaning of a sarcastic expression, has been sorted based on word-initial position and word-internal position which need separations from lexical length and necessary length. In case of intonation, marked intonation of sentence types was found. Also, there were cases where the speaker expressed his or her attitude through intonation with a negative tone. For pause, physiological pause occurred unnecessarily in the middle of speaking. Pause, by creating a vacuum in the middle of a sentence, creates tensions which has the effect of highlighting the end of sentences. The longer the pause, the bigger the emphasis placed on the ensuing message was.