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  1. Catherine Wearing (2012). Metaphor, Idiom, and Pretense. Noûs 46 (3):499-524.
    Imaginative and creative capacities seem to be at the heart of both games of make-believe and figurative uses of language. But how exactly might cases of metaphor or idiom involve make-believe? In this paper, I argue against the pretense-based accounts of Walton (1990, 1993), Hills (1997), and Egan (this journal, 2008) that pretense plays no role in the interpretation of metaphor or idiom; instead, more general capacities for manipulating concepts (which are also called on within the use of pretense) do (...)
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  2. Catherine Wearing (2010). Autism, Metaphor and Relevance Theory. Mind and Language 25 (2):196-216.
    The pattern of impairments exhibited by some individuals on the autism spectrum appears to challenge the relevance-theoretic account of metaphor ( Carston, 1996, 2002 ; Sperber and Wilson, 2002 ; Sperber and Wilson, 2008 ). A subset of people on the autism spectrum have near-normal syntactic, phonological, and semantic abilities while having severe difficulties with the interpretation of metaphor, irony, conversational implicature, and other pragmatic phenomena. However, Relevance Theory treats metaphor as importantly unlike phenomena such as conversational implicature or irony (...)
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  3. Robert J. Stainton, Marile-Odile Junker & Catherine Wearing, The Semantics and Syntax of Null Complements.
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  4. Robert J. Stainton & Catherine Wearing (2006). Review of Insensitive Semantics, by Herman Cappelen & Ernie Lepore. [REVIEW] Journal of Linguistics 42 (1):187-190.
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  5. Catherine Wearing (2006). Metaphor and What is Said. Mind and Language 21 (3):310–332.
    In this paper, I argue for an account of metaphorical content as what is said when a speaker utters a metaphor. First, I show that two other possibilities—the Gricean account of metaphor as implicature and the strictly semantic account developed by Josef Stern—face several serious problems. In their place, I propose an account that takes metaphorical content to cross-cut the semantic-pragmatic distinction. This requires re-thinking the notion of metaphorical content, as well as the relation between the metaphorical and the literal.
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  6. Catherine Wearing (2006). Review of Samuel Guttenplan, Objects of Metaphor. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (9).
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  7. Corinne Iten, Marie-Odile Junker, Aryn Pyke, Robert Stainton & Catherine Wearing, Null Complements: Licensed by Syntax or by Semantics-Pragmatics?
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