Wednesday (Tuesday!) Seminar: The processing of verb-object metaphors: a test between competing theories of comprehension
Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos (PhD Fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin) will give a talk on the topic of metaphor comprehension, reporting the results from two eye-tracking visual world studies.
Are metaphors processed as category statements or as indirect comparisons? The current work addresses this fundamental question of metaphor comprehension by investigating how metaphors that appear in object positions of German transitive verbs are processed differentially as a function of verb tense. Results of two Eye-Tracking Visual World study are discussed in light of competing psycholinguistic and pragmatic theories.
Camilo is currently finishing his PhD in psycholinguistics at the Humboldt University in Berlin under the supervision of Pia Knoeferle. He obtained a Master's degree in experimental linguistics at the University of Potsdam, where he worked on the processing of verbal irony together with Ira Noveck. In his work, Camilo tries to find new ways of experimentally testing and refining existing pragmatic theories of language production and comprehension, particularly in the domain of figurative language understanding.