Linguistics and English Language

Meaning and grammar seminar

Speaker: Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos (Universitetet i Oslo)

Title: Teasing apart the effects of aptness and familiarity on the development of metaphor comprehension

Abstract: For decades, discussions on the development of metaphor comprehension have revolved around the earliest age in which children are able to understand metaphoric meaning. Parallel to this, the adult metaphor comprehension literature has intensely discussed how different factors - aptness and familiarity in particular - mediate metaphor comprehension, and how these factors can be indicative of different comprehension mechanisms. The present study brings these two literatures together by showing how familiarity and aptness impact metaphor development in different ways. The findings will be discussed in the light of competing accounts of metaphor comprehension as well as in relation to existing views on the development of pragmatic abilities.

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Jan 23 2024 -

Meaning and grammar seminar

2024-01-23: Teasing apart the effects of aptness and familiarity on the development of metaphor comprehension

Room G26, Psychology Building, 7 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ