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On Our MindSalience, Context, and Figurative Language$
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Rachel Giora

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195136166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136166.001.0001

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Evidence from Other Research

Evidence from Other Research

(p.185) 8 Evidence from Other Research
On Our Mind

Rachel Giora

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the findings of other research concerning comprehension of literal and nonliteral language. The result suggests that language comprehension is best explained by the Graded Salience Hypothesis and that the apparently conflicting findings is consistent with the view that salient meanings are always accessed automatically regardless of either literality or contextual information. It also reveals that figurative and literal utterances involve similar processes when they converge in salience.

Keywords:   Graded Salience Hypothesis, literality, contextual information, salient meanings

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