Differentiating among pragmatic uses of words through timed sensicality judgments : metaphor, metonymy and approximation

Valentina Bambini, Marta Ghio, Andrea Moro & Petra Schumacher
Pragmatic and cognitive accounts of figurative language posit a difference between metaphor and metonymy in terms of underlying conceptual operations. Recently, other pragmatic uses of words have been accounted for in the Relevance Theory framework, such as approximation, described in terms of conceptual adjustment that varies in degree and direction with respect to the case of metaphor. Despite the theoretical distinctions, there is very poor experimental evidence addressing the metaphor/metonymy distinction, and none concerning approximation....
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