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The comprehension of idioms.
Abstract The access of idiomatic expressions was investigated in three cross-modal priming experiments. When the idiomatic string was predictable, subjects were faster at performing a lexicalExpand
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The effects of different tasks on the comprehension and production of idioms in children.
The present study investigated the developmental processes which lead from a literal interpretation of idiomatic expression to the ability of comprehending and producing them figuratively. A Model ofExpand
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Children's comprehension and production of idioms: the role of context and familiarity.
Several studies have argued that children under the ages of nine or ten years rarely comprehend figurative language and therefore interpret it literally. Cacciari & Levorato (1989) showed that whenExpand
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When emotions are expressed figuratively: Psycholinguistic and Affective Norms of 619 Idioms for German (PANIG)
Despite flourishing research on the relationship between emotion and literal language, and despite the pervasiveness of figurative expressions in communication, the role of figurative language inExpand
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Further evidence of gender stereotype priming in language: Semantic facilitation and inhibition in Italian role nouns
Two experiments tested the activation of gender stereotypes for Italian role nouns (e.g., teacher). The experimental paradigm was modeled on the one proposed by a study by Banaji and Hardin:Expand
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Understanding idiomatic expressions. The contribution of word meanings
Publisher Summary This chapter describes the meanings of an idiom's elements that plays important role in idiom interpretation and use, depending on the particular type of idiom involved. BeforeExpand
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How children understand idioms in discourse.
Some studies have shown that children tend to interpret figurative language literally. Our hypothesis is that they can reach an idiomatic competence if idioms are presented within a richExpand
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Literal, fictive and metaphorical motion sentences preserve the motion component of the verb: A TMS study
We used Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to assess whether reading literal, non-literal (i.e., metaphorical, idiomatic) and fictive motion sentences modulates the activity of the motor system.Expand
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Figurative Language and Thought
Figurative Language and Figurative Thought: A Review by Albert Katz Figures by Mark Turner The Fight over Metaphor in Thought and Language by Raymond Gibbs Why Do We Speak Metaphorically? ReflectionsExpand
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Predictive Mechanisms in Idiom Comprehension
Prediction is pervasive in human cognition and plays a central role in language comprehension. At an electrophysiological level, this cognitive function contributes substantially in determining theExpand
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