Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche     
Manca S. Metaphors and figurative language in web-based learning environments. In: Convegno internazionale "Metaphor and Communication" (Cagliari, 12-14 maggio 2011).
The use of figurative language is known to serve many purposes: cognitive, affective, and social. We employ metaphors, metonyms, similes and other figures of speech in interacting with each other all the time, and in doing so we further our communicative goals, facilitate our reasoning, and build a shared representation of the social world. What deserves major attention is the role that metaphors and figurative language may play in virtual learning environments based on written discourse. In these contexts they may satisfy cognitive, emotional and affective needs of learning. Research results achieved so far show that metaphors, establishing meaningful analogies among different domains, may deeply affect conceptual reorganization and thus knowledge enhancement. Moreover, they are effective in expressing the affective domain and building a common identity, as well as in giving concreteness and familiarity to the immateriality of virtual spaces.
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