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On Our MindSalience, Context, and Figurative Language$
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Rachel Giora

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195136166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136166.001.0001

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Salience and Context

Salience and Context

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On Our Mind

Rachel Giora

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to point out some of the factors that make meanings unavoidable and to determine the role of salience in language comprehension and production. It explains that salience is not an either-or notion but rather it admits degrees and that the more frequent the information in the mind of the individual or in a certain linguistic community the more salient it is in that mind or among community members. It discusses the tendency of the mind to opt for the most accessible information first in providing meaning rather than accessing compatible information exclusively.

Keywords:   salience, meaning, context, language production

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