Na'Lon (na_lon) wrote,

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Why I love studying language comprehension...

Here's a quote from one of the papers I have been reading while preparing for tomorrow's lecture:

"We began with the hypothesis that interpreting a metaphor such as Lawyers are sharks, involved enhancing attributes of the metaphor's vehicle sharks, that are common to the metaphor topic, lawyers. So, interpreting the metaphor Lawyers are sharks, would result in enhancement of shark attributes, such as tenacity, ferocity and aggressiveness. [You would also need to suppress] the attributes of the metaphor's vehicle that are not appropriate to [...] a metaphorical interpretation."

You do? Really? And there was me imagining lawyers with big pointy teeth and fins...
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