Evidence from Other Research

Rachel Giora

in On Our Mind

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195136166
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846993 | DOI:
Evidence from Other Research

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This chapter reviews the findings of other research concerning comprehension of literal and nonliteral language. The result suggests that language comprehension is best explained by the Graded Salience Hypothesis and that the apparently conflicting findings is consistent with the view that salient meanings are always accessed automatically regardless of either literality or contextual information. It also reveals that figurative and literal utterances involve similar processes when they converge in salience.

Keywords: Graded Salience Hypothesis; literality; contextual information; salient meanings

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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