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Dimensions of Methaphorical Meaning

  • Recent work suggests that concreteness and imageability play an important role in the meanings of figurative expressions. We investigate this idea in several ways. First, we try to define more precisely the context within which a figurative expression may occur, by parsing a corpus annotated for metaphor. Next, we add both concreteness and imageability as “features” to the parsed metaphor corpus, by marking up words in this corpus using a psycholinguistic database of scores for concreteness and imageability. Finally, we carry out detailed statistical analyses of the augmented version of the original metaphor corpus, cross-matching the features of concreteness and imageability with others in the corpus such as parts of speech and dependency relations, in order to investigate in detail the use of such features in predicting whether a given expression is metaphorical or not.

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Author:Andrew Gargett, Josef RuppenhoferGND, John Barnden
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex) Dublin, Ireland, August 23, 2014
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2014
Date of Publication (online):2016/09/01
GND Keyword:Automatische Sprachanalyse; Korpus <Linguistik>; Metapher
First Page:166
Last Page:173
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 410 Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland