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Acquiring Metaphorical Expressions in a Second Language: Performance by Chinese Learners of English

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Conventional metaphorical expressions are widely used by native speakers in everyday language and have received extensive attention in theoretical semantics and cognitive linguistics. However, how a second language learner can acquire those expressions is left largely unknown. Researchers and language learners face the question: if one has acquired the literal meaning of a word, can they automatically derive the metaphorical meaning? This book provides the answer by placing the question of acquisition of metaphorical expressions in the framework of bilingual lexicon. Assessing whether metaphorical expressions are taken for granted by second language learners, it explores how the metaphorical meaning(s) of a word should be connected in a learner's mental lexicon, and how the cross-linguistic availability of a metaphorical expression could affect the outcome of acquisition of that expression. The book also provides a detailed comparison between metaphorical expressions and other figurative language from both the theoretical and experimental perspectives.
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ISBN-13: 9781350071797
ISBN-10: 135007179X
Pagini: 232
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 mm
Greutate: 0.5 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


A book that discuss the framework of a bilingual lexicon beyond the literal meanings of words.

Notă biografică

Chris Mengying Xia is a Researcher in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, UK.


1. Introduction2. Metaphorical expressions: a historical view 3. Metaphorical expressions under the cross-linguistic influence4. Placing metaphorical expressions in a bilingual mental lexicon 5. Processing metaphorical expressions by native speakers and learners6. Methodologies in second language metaphor research7. An empirical study of the acquisition of metaphorical expressions8. Teaching and learning metaphorical expressions in a second languageBibliographyIndex


This book constitutes a very important contribution to the literature on metaphoric competence and the acquisition of metaphorical language by second language learners. It has a very strong up-to-date theoretical and empirical grounding as well as findings from the author's own research. A must-read for metaphor scholars!
This book provides a thoughtful presentation of how second language (L2) learners acquire and process metaphoric expressions. It is a one-of-a-kind book grounded in state-of-the-art theoretical and methodological approaches. This is the first book that critically examines the acquisition of metaphoric competence by L2 learners and bilinguals.