Significant differences between metaphoric idioms and literal expressions in Chinese comprehension: An ERP proof supporting left-hemisphere activation gradients and spatial involvement

Chen Hongjun, Tang Yiyuan, Wang Huili, Liu Wenyu, Wang Yan, Ha Si, Zhou Li, Sui Danni

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Abstract

Event related potentials (ERPs) were used to examine the processing of literal idioms and metaphoric idioms. We compared the patterns of brain electrical activity elicited by processing four-character expressions denoting literal, conventional metaphoric meaning. Participants performed a yes-no judgment task in which they decided whether each idiom conveyed a metaphoric meaning. N400 amplitude after the onset of each idiom were recorded and analyzed. The results show that metaphoric idioms do not necessarily elicit right-hemispheric activation which has been controversial in recent years. However, Conventional metaphor and literal idioms have different brain activity which is consistent with Giora's 'Graded Salience Hypothesis'. Cz electrode's more negative response with metaphor seems to suggest that Lakoff's metaphorical mapping theory has neural correlates. These findings are consistent with recent brain imaging studies and complement them by adding the spatial analysis capacity involvement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 Second ISECS International Colloquium on Computing, Communication, Control, and Management, CCCM 2009
Pages541-545
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 25 2009
Event2009 Second ISECS International Colloquium on Computing, Communication, Control, and Management, CCCM 2009 - Sanya, China
Duration: Aug 8 2009Aug 9 2009

Publication series

Name2009 Second ISECS International Colloquium on Computing, Communication, Control, and Management, CCCM 2009
Volume4

Conference

Conference2009 Second ISECS International Colloquium on Computing, Communication, Control, and Management, CCCM 2009
CountryChina
CitySanya
Period08/8/0908/9/09

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Keywords

  • ERPs
  • Metaphor
  • N400
  • Spatial capacity

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Hongjun, C., Yiyuan, T., Huili, W., Wenyu, L., Yan, W., Si, H., Li, Z., & Danni, S. (2009). Significant differences between metaphoric idioms and literal expressions in Chinese comprehension: An ERP proof supporting left-hemisphere activation gradients and spatial involvement. In 2009 Second ISECS International Colloquium on Computing, Communication, Control, and Management, CCCM 2009 (pp. 541-545). [5267520] (2009 Second ISECS International Colloquium on Computing, Communication, Control, and Management, CCCM 2009; Vol. 4). https://doi.org/10.1109/CCCM.2009.5267520