Nonliteral understanding of number words

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Volume 111, Issue 33, 2014, Pages 12002-12007.

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Abstract:

One of the most puzzling and important facts about communication is that people do not always mean what they say; speakers often use imprecise, exaggerated, or otherwise literally false descriptions to communicate experiences and attitudes. Here, we focus on the nonliteral interpretation of number words, in particular hyperbole (interpret...More

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