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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 February 2015

Roberto R. Heredia
Affiliation:
Texas A&M International University
Anna B. Cieślicka
Affiliation:
Texas A&M International University
Roberto R. Heredia
Affiliation:
Texas A & M University
Anna B. Cieślicka
Affiliation:
Texas A & M University
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The presentation of a volume on bilingual figurative language processing is timely and provides a much-needed bilingual perspective in the broad field of figurative language. Bilingual Figurative Language Processing is the first book of its kind to address how bilinguals acquire, store, and process figurative language, such as idiomatic expressions (e.g., kick the bucket), metaphors (e.g., lawyers are sharks), and irony, and how these tropes might interact in real time across the bilingual’s two languages.

It is our hope that this book contributes to the development and establishment of bilingual figurative language as a subfield of bilingual sentence processing and fills a significant gap in the literature on bilingual language processing and thought. Bilingual Figurative Language Processing offers the reader and the bilingual student an overview of the major strands of research, both theoretical and empirical, currently being undertaken in this field of enquiry. At the same time, Bilingual Figurative Language Processing provides readers and undergraduate/graduate students with the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in the development of psycholinguistic experiments in bilingual figurative language. Each chapter is composed of a Suggested Student Research Projects section. Selected chapters include detailed procedures on how to design and develop psycholinguistic experiments using sample scripts from experiment builder software (e.g., E-Prime, PsyScope).

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2015

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Honeck, R.P., & Hoffman, R.R. (Eds.). (1980). Cognition and figurative language. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.Google Scholar
Siyanova-Chanturia, A., & Martinez, R. (2014). The idiom principle revisited. Applied Linguistics, 1–22. .CrossRef

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