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On Our Mind

Rachel Giora

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195136166
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846993 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136166.001.0001
On Our Mind

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How do we learn to produce and comprehend non-literal language? Competing theories have only partially accounted for the variety of language comprehension evoked in metaphor, irony, and jokes. This book has developed a novel and comprehensive theory, the Graded Salience Hypothesis, to explain figurative language comprehension. The book contends that the salience of meanings (i.e., the cognitive priority we ascribe to words encoded in our mental lexicon) has the primary role in language comprehension and production.

Keywords: language comprehension; metaphor; irony; jokes; Graded Salience Hypothesis; figurative language comprehension

Book.  272 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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Lexical Access in On Our Mind

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Irony in On Our Mind

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Jokes in On Our Mind

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