This chapter explains the objective of this book, which is to explore the effect of accessible meanings on speech production and comprehension. This book examines the influence of meaning of linguistic and psycholinguistic behaviour and attempts to shed light on how salient meanings and senses of words and fixed expressions shape linguistic behaviour. It proposes the Graded Salience Hypothesis to account for comprehension of various forms of figurative language including irony, metaphors, idioms, and jokes.
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