Idioms and mental imagery: The metaphorical motivation for idiomatic meaning

@article{Gibbs1990IdiomsAM,
  title={Idioms and mental imagery: The metaphorical motivation for idiomatic meaning},
  author={Raymond W. Gibbs and J E O'Brien},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1990},
  volume={36},
  pages={35-68}
}
We conducted three experiments to investigate the mental images associated with idiomatic phrases in English. Our hypothesis was that people should have strong conventional images for many idioms and that the regularity in people's knowledge of their images for idioms is due to the conceptual metaphors motivating the figurative meanings of idioms. In the first study, subjects were asked to form and describe their mental images for different idiomatic expressions. Subjects were then asked a… CONTINUE READING

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