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Cognitive style variables in participants' explanations of conceptual metaphors

Boers, Frank and Littlemore, Jeannette (2000) Cognitive style variables in participants' explanations of conceptual metaphors. Metaphor and symbol, 15 (3). pp. 177-187. ISSN 1092-6488

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URL of Published Version: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=jour~content=a785376818

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1207/S15327868MS1503_4

71 University students were first asked to explain three conceptual metaphors. Then the participants’ cognitive styles were classified into “analytic” or “holistic and “imager” or “verbaliser” by means of the Riding (1991) computer assisted test of cognitive styles. The results of the experiment revealed cognitive style variables in subjects’ preferred strategies to explain the metaphors: (a) “holistic thinkers” were more likely than “analytic” ones to blend their conception of the target domain with the source domain ; and (b) “imagers” were more likely than
“verbalisers” to refer to stereotypical images to explain the metaphors.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2000 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Humanities
Subjects:PE English
P Philology. Linguistics
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Psychology Press
ID Code:279
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