ERIC Number: EJ1178399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
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Wednesday's Meeting Really Is on Friday: A Meta-Analysis and Evaluation of Ambiguous Spatiotemporal Language
Stickles, Elise; Lewis, Tasha N.
Cognitive Science, v42 n3 p1015-1025 Apr 2018
Experimental work has shown that spatial experiences influence spatiotemporal metaphor use. In these studies, participants are asked a question that yields different responses depending on the metaphor participants use. It has been claimed that English speakers are equally likely to respond with either variant in the absence of priming. Related studies testing non-spatial experiences demonstrate varied results with a wide range of primes. Here, the effects of eye movement and stimuli presentation modality on comprehension of this question are investigated in different formats. In addition, the results of prior reported controls are re-analyzed in a meta-analysis to verify reliable ambiguity of the test question. Results suggest that English speakers have a baseline preference for the Moving Ego metaphor variant, with a stronger preference in verbal rather than written presentation. The findings have implications both for (re)interpretation of prior studies' results and future study designs.
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Ambiguity (Semantics), Spatial Ability, Time, Eye Movements, Visual Stimuli, English, Native Speakers, Preferences, Oral Language
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