DOI: 10.14704/nq.2018.16.6.1606

An Event-related Potentials on the Euphemism Construal Mechanism in Literary Expression

Siming Zhou, Hong Wan


The purpose of this paper is to clarify whether there is any electrophysiological evidence that supports psychological reality. Here we introduce ERP technology to verify the “connotation and denotation correlation heritage model” for Chinese semantic rhetoric construal mechanism from the perspectives of Chinese antiphase, metonymy, euphemism, pun, and exaggeration, etc. It is proved with the results that there is a "psychological reality for the probability feature extraction" in the process of these Chinese rhetoric construal. In the average literal sense, the response to the probe word spends significant shorter time than that to unrelated sentence. While for probe words in the euphemistic text, there is no significant difference in the grand average response time conditions.


Literacy, Euphemism, ERP Technology

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