Nonliteral Language

Nonliteral Language : Processing and Use: A Special Issue of Metaphor and Symbolic Activity

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The articles in this special issue grew out of a symposium on nonliteral language that was held at a recent meeting of the American Psychological Society. The symposium's title, "Nonliteral Language: Processing and Use," refers to the two aspects of figuration that frame contemporary research on this topic. On the one hand, nonliteral language poses challenges for theories of semantics and the cognitive processing of language. On the other hand, nonliteral language interpretation is heavily influenced by social and contextual factors and continues to challenge theorists and researchers in pragmatics.

It can be argued that language theorists have not always risen to the challenges posed by nonliteral language. Many of the early models of language production and comprehension failed to address the figurative uses of language. More recently, some of the language models proposed by cognitive scientists and artificial intelligence researchers have not addressed the social functions of nonliteral language. This issue will redress some of these problems. Focusing on two classes of figurative language -- irony and metaphor -- the papers provide perspective on the current state of nonliteral language research, and presage some of the research questions of tomorrow.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 56 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95 x 6.35mm | 90.72g
  • Psychology Press
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • English
  • 0805899480
  • 9780805899481

Table of contents

Volume 10, Number 1, 1995
Contents: R.J. Kreuz, S. Dews, Introduction. S. Dews, E. Winner, Muting the Meaning: A Social Function of Irony. R.J. Kreuz, R.M. Roberts, Two Cues for Verbal Irony: Hyperbole and Ironic Tone of Voice. D.W. Allbritton, When Metaphors Function as Schemas: Some Cognitive Effects of Conceptual Metaphors. S. Glucksberg, Commentary on Nonliteral Language: Processing and Use.
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