Metaphorical competence in an EFL context: the mental lexicon and metaphorical competence of Japanese EFL students
Azuma, Masumi (2004) Metaphorical competence in an EFL context: the mental lexicon and metaphorical competence of Japanese EFL students. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis on metaphor and metaphor study covers theoretical and practical issues in the past and the present both in the occidental and oriental worlds. Metaphor in rhetoric, cognitive and applied linguistics is described briefly, mostly as a theoretical issue. It states that metaphor was treated as part of rhetoric in the past, however, recently it has developed more broadly into a facet of human cognition. As a practical issue, professional studies assessing metaphorical competence are highlighted, which inform the measurement of metaphorical competence of Japanese learners of English (Japanese EFL students, hereafter).
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