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Metaphoric and nonmetaphoric alternative meanings of ambiguous words: Differential processing?

Mercure, E; Ska, B; Joanette, Y; (2006) Metaphoric and nonmetaphoric alternative meanings of ambiguous words: Differential processing? J MED SPEECH-LANG PA , 14 (3) 157 - 165.

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Abstract

This study assessed the possibility that the processing of metaphoric alternative meanings of ambiguous words may be differentiated from the processing of their nonmetaphoric alternative meanings. Two factors were studied in order to find a possible difference: the neural bases and the behavioral aspects of such processing. Thirty-five participants performed a priming task in which pairs of words were related by their dominant, metaphoric alternative or nonmetaphoric alternative meanings. Stimuli were presented according to a divided visual field paradigm. Analysis did not reveal any differences in hemispheric contributions, probably because of an insufficient stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA). Analysis of the behavioral results showed a difference between ambiguous words with a metaphoric alternative meaning and those with a nonmetaphoric alternative meaning: for the former, the different interpretations were accessed hierarchically, while for the latter, the different interpretations were accessed in parallel. This behavioral difference in the processing of metaphoric and nonmetaphoric alternative meanings suggests that these two types of ambiguous words are processed differently.

Type: Article
Title: Metaphoric and nonmetaphoric alternative meanings of ambiguous words: Differential processing?
Keywords: BRAIN-DAMAGED PATIENTS, CEREBRAL HEMISPHERES, LEXICAL AMBIGUITY, COMPREHENSION, ASYMMETRIES, ACTIVATION, LANGUAGE, CONTEXT
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/125202
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