Developmental levels of processing in metaphor interpretation.

  title={Developmental levels of processing in metaphor interpretation.},
  author={James A. Johnson and Juan Pascual-Leone},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  volume={48 1},
We outline a theory of metaphor interpretation. The theory posits varying levels of semantic processing and formalizes them in terms of kinds of semantic-mapping operators that transform properties of the metaphoric vehicle (i.e., predicate) into properties of the metaphoric topic (i.e., subject). We used cognitive-developmental theory to estimate the mental-processing complexity of the various mapping operators, and thereby to predict the timing of their emergence in childhood, and to… CONTINUE READING

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