The development of metaphor and metonymy in pre-school children

Previous studies have shown that even 6-year old children can understand some metaphors and metonyms and that overall metonymy comprehension preceeds metaphor comprehension. However, most studies have used very complex tasks that include listening to complex stories after which the children are asked some questions. The current study uses a task that is less demanding on children's verbal abilities and short-term memory in order to investigate the development of metaphors and metonyms in pre-school children aged 2 and a half to 6 years old.


This study is carried out by research assistants Alison Harton, Naianna Robertsson and Krystal Clarke.