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dc.contributor.advisor Lamb, Sydney M.
dc.creatorNewell, John Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T08:27:14Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T08:27:14Z
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/17199
dc.description.abstract Metaphor is one of the most intriguing topics in cognitive linguistics. In this thesis, I propose a theory of metaphor from within a neurocognitve framework, specifically the relational network model of Sydney Lamb. The basis of metaphor in this model is the shared properties of concepts in the network. Metaphoric associations are created through evoked similarity in a given context. There are three aspects of metaphor in the relational network model: creative nonce metaphors, learned metaphoric expressions, and emergent conceptual metaphors. For metaphoric expressions, there is a cline from nonce metaphors to dead metaphors--expressions that are more toward the nonce end of the cline require more input from context for correct comprehension. Studies of subjects with right hemisphere brain damage show that they have problems with choosing the appropriate context and problems comprehending metaphor. These findings support the theory of metaphor presented in this thesis.
dc.format.extent 129 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectLinguistics
Modern language
Cognitive psychology
dc.title On metaphor in a neuro-cognitive theory of language
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Linguistics and Semiotics
thesis.degree.discipline Social Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.identifier.citation Newell, John Paul. "On metaphor in a neuro-cognitive theory of language." (1998) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/17199.


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