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Metaphor and Hyperbole: Testing the Continuity Hypothesis

Rubio-Fernandez, P; Wearing, C; Carston, R; (2015) Metaphor and Hyperbole: Testing the Continuity Hypothesis. Metaphor and Symbol , 30 (1) 24 - 40. 10.1080/10926488.2015.980699. Green open access

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Abstract

In standard Relevance Theory, hyperbole and metaphor are categorized together as loose uses of language, on a continuum with approximations, category extensions and other cases of loosening/broadening of meaning. Specifically, it is claimed that there are no interesting differences (in either interpretation or processing) between hyperbolic and metaphorical uses (Sperber & Wilson, 2008). In recent work, we have set out to provide a more fine-grained articulation of the similarities and differences between hyperbolic and metaphorical uses and their relation to literal uses (Carston & Wearing, 2011, 2014). We have defended the view that hyperbolic use involves a shift of magnitude along a dimension which is intrinsic to the encoded meaning of the hyperbole vehicle, while metaphor involves a multi-dimensional qualitative shift away from the encoded meaning of the metaphor vehicle. In this article, we present three experiments designed to test the predictions of this analysis, using a variety of tasks (paraphrase elicitation, self-paced reading and sentence verification). The results of the study support the view that hyperbolic and metaphorical interpretations, despite their commonalities as loose uses of language, are significantly different.

Type: Article
Title: Metaphor and Hyperbole: Testing the Continuity Hypothesis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/10926488.2015.980699
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10926488.2015.980699
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Metaphor and Symbol on 20 Dec 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10926488.2015.980699
UCL classification: UCL
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 > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1460503
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