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Tue Dec 18 2012

Books: Interpreting Figurative Meaning: Colston, Gibbs

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Date: 18-Dec-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Interpreting Figurative Meaning: Colston, Gibbs
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Title: Interpreting Figurative Meaning
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6679011/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Raymond W Gibbs
Author: Herbert L. Colston

: ISBN: 9781107024359 Pages: 390 Price: U.S. $ 99.00


Interpreting Figurative Meaning critically evaluates the recent empirical work
from psycholinguistics and neuroscience examining the successes and
difficulties associated with interpreting figurative language. There is now a
huge, often contradictory literature on how people understand figures of
speech. Gibbs and Colston argue that there may not be a single theory or model
that adequately explains both the processes and products of figurative meaning
experience. Experimental research may ultimately be unable to simply
adjudicate between current models in psychology, linguistics and philosophy of
how figurative meaning is interpreted. Alternatively, the authors advance a
broad theoretical framework, motivated by ideas from "dynamical systems
theory," that describes the multiple, interacting influences which shape
people's experiences of figurative meaning in discourse. This book details
past research and theory, offers a critical assessment of this work, and sets
the stage for a new vision of figurative experience in human life.

1. Introduction
2. Identifying figurative language
3. Models of figurative language comprehension
4. Interpreting specific figures of speech
5. Indeterminacy of figurative experience
6. Factors shaping figurative language understanding
7. Broadening the scope of figurative language studies

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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