Metaphor as a Medium for Emotion: An Empirical Study

@inproceedings{Mohammad2016MetaphorAA,
  title={Metaphor as a Medium for Emotion: An Empirical Study},
  author={Saif M. Mohammad and Ekaterina Shutova and Peter D. Turney},
  booktitle={*SEM@ACL},
  year={2016}
}
It is generally believed that a metaphor tends to have a stronger emotional impact than a literal statement; however, there is no quantitative study establishing the extent to which this is true. Further, the mechanisms through which metaphors convey emotions are not well understood. We present the first data-driven study comparing the emotionality of metaphorical expressions with that of their literal counterparts. Our results indicate that metaphorical usages are, on average, significantly… CONTINUE READING

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