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Journal of Cognitive Science
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[Volume 10, Issie 2] (2009) pp. 245 -278
Comprehension of communicative intentions: The case of figurative language
Francesca M. Bosco(University of Turin, Neuroscience Institute of Turin), Marianna Vallana(University of Turin), and Monica Bucciarelli(University of Turin)
This study is concerned with children’s comprehension of the communicative meaning of conventional figurative communication acts. We assume that comprehending the communicative meaning of both figurative and non-figurative communication acts involves the same cognitive processes. We hypothesize that the complexity of the mental representations involved accounts for the increasing difficulty in comprehending the very same conventional figurative expression, uttered with a sincere, deceitful or ironic intent. A pre-test on 20 children (7 to 7; 6 year-olds) ascertained the conventionality of the 6 figurative expressions used as the experimental material, e.g. To be as mute as a fish. For each figurative expression we created three different communicative contexts, within which that expression acquired either a sincere, deceitful or ironic communicative meaning. In the experiment, we presented 108 children aged 7 to 10; 6 years with brief audio-recorded stories, each involving a figurative expression in a specific communicative context. The children’s performance reflects the predicted trend in difficulty for comprehending the use of the very same figurative expression, from the easiest to the most difficult: sincere, deceitful, ironic. Our results are in favor of a unifying framework for explaining the comprehension of figurative and non-figurative communication acts.

  Keywords: cognitive pragmatics, speaker’s meanning, development, communication and inferences
 





 
 

Total 48
Articles
[Volume 9, Issie 2] (2008) pp. 193-233
On Idioms: Cornerstones for a Neurological Model of Language Processing
Dieter G. Hillert(University of California, San Diego)
[Volume 9, Issie 1] (2008) pp. 71-88
Effects of Structural Factors on TV Commercial Processing
Maki Sakamoto(The University of Electro-Communications), Koichi Yamamoto(Dentsu Communication Institute Inc.), Tetsuya Hayashida(Dentsu Inc.)
[Volume 9, Issie 1] (2008) pp. 49-69
Grammaticality Judgment of Garden Path Sentences in Persian
Hamideh Marefat and Ali Arabmofrad(University of Tehran)
[Volume 9, Issie 1] (2008) pp. 31-48
Perceptual priming and structural choice in Russian sentence production
Andriy Myachykov(University of Edinburgh) and Russell Tomlin(University of Oregon)
[Volume 9, Issie 1] (2008) pp. 1-30
An Experimental Syntactic Study of Binding of Multiple Anaphors in Korean
Ji-Hye Kim and James Hye Suk Yoon(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaig)
[Volume 9, Issie 2] (2008) pp. 159-191
Dependency Distance as a Metric of Language Comprehension Difficulty
Haitao Liu(Institute of Applied Linguistics Communication , University of China)
[Volume 9, Issie 2] (2008) pp. 111-157
Assessment Battery for Communication - ABaCo:A new Instrument for the Evaluation of Pragmatic Abilities
Sacco K. , Angeleri R. , Bosco F.M. , Colle L. , Mate D. and Bara B.G. (University of Turin)
[Volume 9, Issie 2] (2008) pp. 89-109
Rediscovering Symbols: The Role of Category Labels in Similarity Judgment
Na-Yung Yu, Takashi Yamauchi, and Jay Schumacher(Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University)
[Volume 10, Issie 1] (2009) pp. 97-112
Non-Factual Before as an Exceptive Construction
Douglas J. Wulf(George Mason University)
[Volume 10, Issie 1] (2009) pp. 53-95
Linguistic and Perceptual Categories in Colour Vision: A Critical Review
David Bimler(Massey University)
[Volume 10, Issie 1] (2009) pp. 41-52
Categorical Perception of Color is Restricted to the Right Visual Field in Korean Speakers Who Maintain Central Fixation
Debi Roberson(University of Essex) and Hyensou Pak(Yeungnam University)
[Volume 10, Issie 1] (2009) pp. 21-40
Unique Hue Judgment in Different Languages: A Comparison of Korean and English
Hyensou Pak(Yeungnam University) and Debi Roberson(University of Essex)
[Volume 10, Issie 1] (2009) pp. 1-20
The Impact of Statistical Distributions of Colours on Colour Category Acquisition
Tony Belpaeme(University of Plymouth) and Joris Bleys(Vrije Universiteit Brusse)
[Volume 10, Issie 2] (2009) pp. 245-278
Comprehension of communicative intentions: The case of figurative language
Francesca M. Bosco(University of Turin, Neuroscience Institute of Turin), Marianna Vallana(University of Turin), and Monica Bucciarelli(University of Turin)
[Volume 10, Issie 2] (2009) pp. 227-244
Numeral Classifiers and Nominal Functional Projections in Korean
So-Young Park(Seoul National University)
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