ERIC Number: EJ923345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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Reference Count: 71
Kill the Song--Steal the Show: What Does Distinguish Predicative Metaphors from Decomposable Idioms?
Caillies, Stephanie; Declercq, Christelle
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v40 n3 p205-223 Jun 2011
This study examined the semantic processing difference between decomposable idioms and novel predicative metaphors. It was hypothesized that idiom comprehension results from the retrieval of a figurative meaning stored in memory, that metaphor comprehension requires a sense creation process and that this process difference affects the processing time of idiomatic and metaphoric expressions. In the first experiment, participants read sentences containing decomposable idioms, predicative metaphors or control expressions and performed a lexical decision task on figurative targets presented 0, 350, and 500 ms, or 750 after reading. Results demonstrated that idiomatic expressions were processed sooner than metaphoric ones. In the second experiment, participants were asked to assess the meaningfulness of idiomatic, metaphoric and literal expressions after reading a verb prime that belongs to the target phrase (identity priming). The results showed that verb identity priming was stronger for idiomatic expressions than for metaphor ones, indicating different mental representations.
Descriptors: Priming, Language Patterns, Sentences, Semantics, Verbs, Figurative Language, Language Processing, Memory, Task Analysis, Decision Making, Prediction, Psycholinguistics
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