Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


Evolutionary Syntax

By Ljiljana Progovac

This book "outlines novel and testable hypotheses, contains extensive examples from many different languages" and is "presented in accessible language, with more technical discussion in footnotes."

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Making of Vernacular Singapore English

By Zhiming Bao

This book "proposes a new theory of contact-induced grammatical restructuring" and "offers a new analytical approach to New English from a formal or structural perspective."

Academic Paper

Title: The Development of Conceptual Fluency & Metaphorical Competence in L2 Learners
Author: Mohammad Reza Talebinezhad
Email: click here TO access email
Institution: University of Isfahan
Author: Mahmood Hashemian
Email: click here TO access email
Institution: University of Isfahan
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: Conceptual Fluency (CF) and Metaphorical Competence (MC) have interested many L2 researchers. Leading the front is Danesi (1992, 1995, 2003) who contends that metaphorical language cannot afford to be ignored by L2 curricula anymore. His push is to instill in L2 learners a more functional communicative competence. This article reports on a study to scrutinize the development of CF and MC in Persian students of English. First, a group of language students (95 freshmen, 92 sophomores, 139 juniors, and 90 seniors) were tested to see whether they were conceptually and metaphorically competent, and the results showed they were almost bereft of such a competence, and the analysis of their writings uncovered low metaphorical density. The findings corroborated Danesi’s (1992) claim: L2 learners do not necessarily develop CF and MC after several years of study. Then, the juniors partook in the study in which they were exposed to the metaphorical language of English. The posttest results were indicative that they had developed their CF and MC to a large extent, and their written discourse was almost as metaphorically dense as that of native speakers. The data revealed that it is possible to develop CF and MC in a classroom setting. Finally, the data indicated that there is a relationship between CF and MC. /L//L/Key words: conceptual fluency, metaphorical competence, conceptual metaphor,metaphorical density, verbal fluency
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed

Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page