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The purpose of the present study was to examine how body-related Chinese metaphorical words are organized when the degree of lexicalization is taken into consideration. Three experiments were conducted using multidimensional scaling (MDS) and a priming paradigm. The results in Exp. 1 and 2 indicated that the dispersion of metaphorical words was influenced by degree of lexicalization to produce a clear separation between a cluster of highly lexicalized metaphorical words (HM) and a cluster ofdoi:10.5539/ijps.v2n2p136 fatcat:uohgjbfimjem7cwp3c5utpuetq