ERIC Number: ED182747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Autumn Leaves and Old Photographs: A Developmental Study of Metaphor Preferences. Technical Report No. 14.
Silberstein, Lisa R.; And Others
A multiple choice Metaphor Preferences Test was administered to 138 preschool through college subjects to determine the role of a metaphor's ground in determining a metaphor's appeal, and to document the evolution of preferences for different types of grounds. Ground is the common property that links the two terms of a metaphor (topic and vehicle). The development of subjects' preferences for single metaphorical grounds was marked by a shift from static perceptual grounds (shape and color) to more dynamic perceptual grounds (sound and movement). Nonperceptual, conceptual grounds occurred, but were late in their development. An increased concurrence was evident between the ability to explicate particular grounds and the preferences for these grounds. Although preference for literal completions declined with age, an unexpected and differently motivated increase in literal selections in grades eight and ten occurred. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Harvard Project Zero.