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Comparing the online interpretation processes of metaphors and similes


Comparing the online interpretation processes of metaphors and similes

Roncero, Carlos (2007) Comparing the online interpretation processes of metaphors and similes. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Metaphors take the form 'topic x is vehicle y' (e.g. life is a journey ). Similes add "like" (e.g. life is like a journey ). A reading experiment (self-paced moving-window paradigm) tested online interpretation of metaphors and similes followed by explanations; for example, John says life is (is like) a journey because it has many directions. Vehicles were read faster in metaphors than in similes. Explanations ( it has many directions ) were slower in similes than in metaphors. Frequency, but not aptness, was a predictor of reaction time; while aptness, but not frequency, was a predictor of agreement judgements. Aptness was also a more important predictor than frequency in affecting whether participants prefer a statement as a metaphor or a simile. Results are discussed in reference to Direct Statements theory (Chiappe & Kennedy, 2001), which argues that metaphors are processed like categorical statements, while similes are processed like comparison statements.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Roncero, Carlos
Pagination:vi, 52 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Thesis Supervisor(s):Kennedy, John M
ID Code:975524
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:09
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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