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A connectionist account of the emergence of the literal-metaphorical-anomalous distinction in young children

Thomas, Michael S.C. and Mareschal, Denis and Hinds, A. (2001) A connectionist account of the emergence of the literal-metaphorical-anomalous distinction in young children. In: 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1-4 Aug 2001, Edinburgh, U.K..

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Abstract

We present the first developmental computational model of metaphor comprehension, which seeks to relate the emergence of a distinction between literal and non-literal similarity in young children to the development of semantic representations. The model gradually learns to distinguish literal from metaphorical semantic juxtapositions as it acquires more knowledge about the vehicle domain. In accordance with Keil (1986), the separation of literal from metaphorical comparisons is found to depend on the maturity of the vehicle concept stored within the network. The model generates a number of explicit novel predictions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: Moore, J.D. and Stenning, K., eds. 2001. The Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. ISBN: 9780805841520
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Sarah Hall
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 09:13
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4606

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