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

Purser, Harry and Thomas, Michael S.C. and Snoxall, Sarah and Mareschal, Denis (2009) The development of similarity: testing the prediction of a computational model of metaphor comprehension. Language and Cognitive Processes 24 (10), pp. 1406-1430. ISSN 0169-0965.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01690960902786530

Abstract

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 justifications. The prediction of the model was confirmed, providing evidence for the attendant assumption of the model, specifically that metaphorical comprehension is intimately linked to the emerging structure of semantic representations in children.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Connectionism, development, metaphor, modelling
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 14:37
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2599

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