ERIC Number: ED312646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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A Statement on Metaphoric Sentences. Cognitive Science Research No. 29.
Recent psycholinguistic literature has developed differing interpretations of metaphoric sentences' comprehension. The inadequacies of the psycholinguistic theories of language processing which rest on the assumption according to which language is the expression of a relatively autonomous cognitive activity are highlighted in the interpretation of metaphors as anomalous sentences. The rejection of the thesis of the anomalous character of metaphors because of the acknowledgement of the role of the semantic component of words, of the extra-linguistic context in which metaphors are produced, and more generally of the pragmatic factors influencing comprehension, invited the new view according to which metaphors are to be conceived as conveying some cognitive reorganization. The ecological approach to cognitive activity stressing the role played by the "events" in modeling comprehension can be regarded as the best theoretical frame according to which it is possible to establish a link between language and perception and redefine the whole problem of language use. (Twenty-five references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Cognitive Science Research.