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A New Method for Measuring English Verb's Metaphor Making Potential
Zili Chen, Jonathan J. Webster, Tianyong Hao, Ian C. Chow

Last modified: 2009-03-17


A general practice in the research of metaphor has been to investigate its behavior and function in different contexts. This current study aims to investigate the notion that verbs possess a metaphor-making potential, this being an initiatory context-free experiment with metaphor. The goal of this paper is to carry out an in-depth case study of a group of English core verbs using WordNet and SUMO ontology. In order to operationalize the measurement of an English verb’s metaphor making potential, a new algorithm has been developed, and a program made to realize the computation. At last, it has been observed that higher frequency verbs generally possess greater metaphor making potential; while a verb’s metaphor making potential on the other hand is also strongly influenced by its functional category.

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