Formulating Spatial Descriptions across Various Dialogue Contexts

Laura A. Carlson and Patrick L. Hill

in Spatial Language and Dialogue

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199554201
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721236 | DOI:

Series: Explorations in Language and Space

Formulating Spatial Descriptions across Various Dialogue Contexts

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This chapter examines the formulation of spatial descriptions that include a target, a reference object, and a spatial term indicating their relation. Across various dialogue contexts, it examines how speakers select these components. In the experiments speakers consistently selected reference objects in a preferred spatial relation, with a weak influence due to its features.

Keywords: spatial terms; target; reference object; where is task; speaker preferences; listener preferences

Chapter.  5621 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics

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