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Murphy, Gregory L. 1993. Metaphoric reference: When metaphors are not understood as easily as literal expressions. Memory & Cognition 21 (6) : 763–772. 10 pp. URL
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Taking Gibbs (1990) as their basis for the investigation, the authors start from the assumption that metaphoric referential descriptions take longer to read than literal references. Results generally show that metaphors and literal sentences are both and equally easy to comprehend. In this study there are three experiments and they all show that the metaphors were not more difficult to read and understand than the literal expressions.