Metaphors and Idioms

Rachel Giora

in On Our Mind

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195136166
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846993 | DOI:
Metaphors and Idioms

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This chapter examines the role of metaphors and idioms in language comprehension and production. The result reveals that familiar idioms whose nonliteral meaning is salient were processed nonliterally initially and faster than less familiar idioms while familiar metaphors whose literal and nonliteral meanings are salient were initially processed both literally and figuratively. The findings confirm that salience plays a primary role in determining the initial process involved in language comprehension and production.

Keywords: metaphors; idioms; language production; salient meanings; literal meaning; figurative meaning

Chapter.  23429 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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