Paper: Metaphor Comprehension - A Special Mode Of Language Processing? (Extended Abstract)

ACL ID P80-1005
Title Metaphor Comprehension - A Special Mode Of Language Processing? (Extended Abstract)
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1980
Authors

Jon M. Slack Open University, U.K. The paper addresses the question of whether a complete language understanding system requires special procedures in order to comprehend metaphorical language. To answer this question it is necessary to delineate the processes involved in metaphor comprehension and to det- ermine the uniqueness of such processes in the context of existing language understanding systems. I. DEFINING THE PROBLEM For the purposes of this paper a metaphor is defined as a linguistic input containing elements which result in a mismatch at the semantic level which the language understanding system attempts to interpret. For example, the sentence Billboards are warts on the landscape. 1 results in a semantic mismatch represented by the sentence Billboards are not a member of the ...