The development of similarity : testing the prediction of a computational model of metaphor comprehension

@inproceedings{Purser2008TheDO,
  title={The development of similarity : testing the prediction of a computational model of metaphor comprehension},
  author={Harry R. M. Purser and Michael S. C. Thomas and Sarah Snoxall and Denis Mareschal},
  year={2008}
}
An empirical study is presented that tests a novel prediction generated by the Metaphor-by-Pattern-Completion (MPC) connectionist model of metaphor comprehension (Thomas & Mareschal, 2001). The MPC model predicts a developmental progression in the way that children process metaphors, from a preference for basic-level metaphors to a preference for subordinate-level metaphors. Preference for different kinds of verbal similarity statements was assessed for 73 children, aged 4 10, along with… CONTINUE READING

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