Article published in:Aspects of Meaning Construction
Edited by Günter Radden, Klaus-Michael Köpcke, Thomas Berg and Peter Siemund
[Not in series 136] 2007
► pp. 143–167
Collocational overlap can guide metaphor interpretation
In this chapter, I argue that information about properties that are metaphorically projected between semantic domains is accessible in the form of collocational overlap between lexical items representing these domains. This shows that the statistical properties of natural language can guide human language users (and potentially any language-processing device) in constructing metaphorical meaning.
Keywords: collocational overlap, meaning construction, metaphor, quantitative corpus linguistics, statistical language processing
Published online: 11 April 2007