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nonliteral

(ˌnɒnˈlɪtərəl)
adj
not literal; figurative
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Adj.1.nonliteral - (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech; "figurative language"
rhetorical - given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"
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ERP correlates of individual differences in the comprehension of nonliteral language.
Indeed, language inputs regularly feature complex linguistic phenomena such as lexical and referential ambiguity, ellipsis, false starts, spurious repetitions, semantically vacuous fillers, nonliteral language, indirect speech acts, implicatures, and production errors.
He will in any case soon be roused by the coachman's "poetic motifs," a phrase that urges us to interpret in a nonliteral fashion the horn blast that calls him to order.
52) The most frequently cited authority for this decidedly nonliteral construction of the Code is, not the early case law described by Landers, which might, if expressly relied upon, be dismissed as arcane, but the Supreme Court's largely misapplied decision in Caplin and on Congress' subsequent decision not to include a broad expansion of trustee rights when enacting the Bankruptcy Code.
Of course, "standard" civil rights novels might also concern nonliteral learning, although to the extent their goal is to, say, help effect school integration, at a certain point they must depart from the nonliteral to advocate concrete action.
The word literally is ubiquitously misused to describe situations that are decidedly nonliteral, such as "He literally exploded with anger.
2006 Literal > Rest 12 21 Nonliteral > Rest 12 20 Table 2 Main loci of brain connectivity of BA47 in language tasks by Meta-analytic Connectivity Modeling (MACM) Region (BA) x y z Cluster #1 L Inferior frontal gyrus (47) -46 18 -2 L.
While not said nonliteral (not literal) is the speech acts that the intention was not the same or even opposite denagn meaning of the words that constitute it.
For vocal educators, metaphors are "good to think with" because the nonliteral can enable students to express and explore the art of singing in ways that bring new understandings about their bodies into consciousness.
Does it help to interpret the account as nonliteral (which does not mean untrue)?
nonliteral copyright infringement) cases did not hide behind abstract doctrinal rules that were open to latent manipulation.
719, 719 (2010) (characterizing the predominant similarity tests as "bizarre" and "mak[ing] no sense"); Pamela Samuelson, A Fresh Look at Tests for Nonliteral Copyright Infringement, 107 Nw.