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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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    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: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for, Birkbeck Knowledge Lab, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 14:37
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:53


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