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Title: Number of shared topic-vehicle significant features affects speakers’ preference for metaphorical expressions
Authors: Oka, Ryunosuke
Kusumi, Takashi
Author's alias: 楠見, 孝
Keywords: Metaphor
shared topic-vehicle significant features
metaphorical versus literal preference
Issue Date: 23-Jan-2021
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal title: Journal of Cognitive Psychology
Volume: 33
Issue: 2
Start page: 152
End page: 171
Abstract: This study examined whether the number of shared topic-vehicle significant features affects speakers’ preference for the use of metaphorical rather than literal expressions. Across five experiments, participants were asked to choose one expression that best paraphrased a given sentence from a list of options. The results of Experiments 1 and 5 showed that participants’ choice of metaphorical expression increased with greater numbers of shared topic-vehicle significant features in a given sentence. In Experiments 2 and 4, we found that the effect of the number of unshared features was smaller than that of shared significant features. Experiment 3 replicated the findings of Experiment 2 when metaphors were replaced with similes. Our results suggest that the number of topic-attributed features affects participants’ preference in the use of metaphorical expressions. Our results support the fundamental tenets of the inexpressibility hypothesis in the context of metaphor form preference.
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Cognitive Psychology on 23 January 2021, available online:
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This is not the published version. Please cite only the published version. この論文は出版社版でありません。引用の際には出版社版をご確認ご利用ください。
DOI(Published Version): 10.1080/20445911.2021.1876071
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