Herbert L. Colston

List of John Benjamins publications for which Herbert L. Colston plays a role.

Book series


Dynamism in Metaphor and Beyond

Edited by Herbert L. Colston, Teenie Matlock and Gerard J. Steen

Subjects Cognition and language | Communication Studies | Theoretical linguistics

Irony in Language Use and Communication

Edited by Angeliki Athanasiadou and Herbert L. Colston

[Figurative Thought and Language, 1] 2017. x, 282 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Cognitive linguistics | Communication Studies | Humor studies | Philosophy | Pragmatics | Psycholinguistics


Colston, Herbert L. 2023 Measurement matters: An afterword on current challenges in metaphor researchCurrent challenges in metaphor research, Julich-Warpakowski, Nina and Paula Pérez-Sobrino (eds.), pp. 104–119 | Article
Researchers studying metaphor, as a human artifact, as a thing we use in communicating and expression, as an ability we acquire, as a seemingly fundamental process in human embodied cognition, and in other guises, face many methodological hurdles. This article considers several categories of… read more
Colston, Herbert L. and Carina Rasse 2022 Figurativity: Cognitive, because it’s socialDynamism in Metaphor and Beyond, Colston, Herbert L., Teenie Matlock and Gerard J. Steen (eds.), pp. 243–264 | Chapter
We’ve long recognized that figurative language is social in multiple ways. But new developments in both socio-cognitive neuroscience and linguistic pragmatics suggests that the extent to which all language, figurative and everything else, might be considered social has been underestimated. This… read more
Colston, Herbert L., Michelle Sims, Maija Pumphrey, Eleanor Kinney, Xina Evangelista, Nathan Vandermolen-Pater and Graham Tomkins Feeny 2022 Embodied simulations and verbal irony comprehensionFigurative Thought and Language in Action, Brdar, Mario and Rita Brdar-Szabó (eds.), pp. 167–184 | Chapter
Recent research has addressed the role that embodied simulations (ESs) play in language processing (Bergen, 2012). One forefront in this work is investigating ESs’ role in metaphorical language comprehension, as when one hears or reads: “The Donald Trump supporter went bananas after the 2016 U.S. read more
Colston, Herbert L., Teenie Matlock and Gerard J. Steen 2022 IntroductionDynamism in Metaphor and Beyond, Colston, Herbert L., Teenie Matlock and Gerard J. Steen (eds.), pp. 11–28 | Chapter
Colston, Herbert L. 2021 Evaluating metaphor accounts via their pragmatic effectsFigurative Language – Intersubjectivity and Usage, Soares da Silva, Augusto (ed.), pp. 75–108 | Chapter
A prominent pragmatic effect of metaphor is meaning enhancement (Colston, 2015). Relative to comparable non-metaphorical language, metaphors can provide stronger, richer, or more poignant delivery of a proposition, idea, attitude, emotion, schema, or other meaningful construct. Metaphor… read more
The study addresses two problems with recent psycholinguistic research on why people don’t say what they mean, (1) possible underrepresentation in research studies of types of figurative language found in everyday talk, and (2) potential ecological validity problems due to using standard… read more
Colston, Herbert L. and Ann Carreno 2020 Sources of pragmatic effects in irony and hyperboleFigurative Meaning Construction in Thought and Language, Baicchi, Annalisa (ed.), pp. 187–208 | Chapter
How persuasion is accomplished by speakers who use hyperbole and irony, in response to accusations of wrong-doing, was investigated in three experiments. Results confirmed a predicted dissociation – when accused speakers exaggerate denials (e.g., “I have never, ever stolen anything from this… read more
Gibbs, Jr., Raymond W. and Herbert L. Colston 2019 What psycholinguistic studies ignore about literary experienceScientific Study of Literature 9:1, pp. 72–103 | Article
Multiple decades of psycholinguistic research exploring people’s reading of different types of language has delivered much improved understanding of textual comprehension experience. Psycholinguistic studies have typically focused on a few cognitive and linguistic processes presumed to be… read more
Colston, Herbert L. 2017 Chapter 1. Irony performance and perception: What underlies verbal, situational and other ironies?Irony in Language Use and Communication, Athanasiadou, Angeliki and Herbert L. Colston (eds.), pp. 19–42 | Chapter
Differing notions of things labeled as “irony”, and issues concerning their relative unity versus disunity are discussed. Accounts of verbal and situational irony in particular are considered as sharing the oft-mentioned but rarely agreed-upon form of contradiction that seems to potentially… read more
Colston, Herbert L. 2017 Chapter 11. Pragmatic effects in blended figures: The case of metaphtonymyStudies in Figurative Thought and Language, Athanasiadou, Angeliki (ed.), pp. 274–294 | Chapter
Issues concerning pragmatic effects resulting from blends of figurative language forms are considered. Different resulting patterns in such blends are approached first through deconstruction of pragmatic effects in individual figures such as metaphor, synecdoche, broader metonymy,… read more
Colston, Herbert L. and Angeliki Athanasiadou 2017 Introduction: The irony of ironyIrony in Language Use and Communication, Athanasiadou, Angeliki and Herbert L. Colston (eds.), pp. 1–16 | Introduction
Colston, Herbert L. 2007 9. What figurative language development reveals about the mindMental States: Volume 2: Language and cognitive structure, Schalley, Andrea C. and Drew Khlentzos (eds.), pp. 191–212 | Article
Colston, Herbert L. 2000 On necessary conditions for verbal irony comprehensionPragmatics & Cognition 8:2, pp. 277–324 | Article
The conditions for verbal irony comprehension implicitly or directly claimed as necessary by all of the recent philosophic, linguistic and psycholinguistic theories of verbal irony (Clark and Gerrig 1984; Kreuz and Glucksberg 1989; Kumon-Nakamura, Glucksberg and Brown 1995; Sperber and Wilson 1981,… read more
How metaphors are comprehended and their pragmatic effects have long been of interest (Colston, 2019; Gibbs, 2017; Gibbs & Colston, 2012). Attending to the varied constructions where metaphors appear has also advanced our understanding (Athanasiadou, 2017). How metaphors in extra-linguistic… read more