“Prickly Voice” or “Smelly Voice”? Comprehension of novel synaesthetic metaphors and its implication on linguistic synaesthesia

Yin Zhong, Kathleen Ahrens

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Abstract

Linguistic synaesthesia involves conceptual conflicts created by two concepts from two distinct sensory domains. In previous studies, synaesthetic directionality is of pivotal interest. This study goes beyond examining the conventional synaesthetic directionality of five traditional senses by implementing the experimental method and adopting metaphor comprehension theory (i.e., Conceptual Mapping Model in particular) to explore how people comprehend novel synaesthetic metaphors. We used four measurements, including degree of commonness, appropriateness, understandability, and figurativeness, to judge people’s comprehension over two main types of novel synaesthetic metaphors (presented as adjective-noun pairs): novel synaesthetic metaphors that follow conventional synaesthetic mappings and novel synaesthetic metaphors that violate conventional synaesthetic mappings. The empirical findings demonstrated that novel synaesthetic metaphors that follow conventional directionality are more common expressions, more appropriate usages, and much easier to comprehend than those that violate conventional mapping principles; those that follow conventional mapping principles are also judged as more literal than those do not follow conventional directionality. The current study supports Conceptual Metaphor Model’s claim that mapping principles are the underlying reasons for the source-target domain pairings in conceptual metaphors, and further sheds light on theoretical claims about the systematicity of conceptual mappings for linguistic synaesthesia.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
Event35th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2021 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 5 Nov 20217 Nov 2021

Conference

Conference35th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2021
Country/TerritoryChina
CityShanghai
Period5/11/217/11/21

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