NWO visitor grant for Valentina Cuccio
The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam was awarded a four month visitor grant by NWO for a joint project between Valentina Cuccio, University of Palermo, and Gerard Steen. The objective of the visit, from September through December 2015, is to bring together Steen’s three-dimensional theory of metaphor with innovative insights about the embodied nature of figurative language processing from cognitive neuro science developed by visiting researcher Cuccio. The project aims to develop a novel definition of Embodied Simulation that shows how the body plays a direct role in the initial stages of language comprehension, with a special focus on the area of metaphor comprehension. It also aims to review contrasting findings in embodied language processing research on metaphor comprehension from this new Embodied Simulation perspective and explain apparent incongruities by exploiting Steen’s distinction between deliberate and non-deliberate metaphor.