The Representation of Motion

Inderjeet Mani and James Pustejovsky

in Interpreting Motion

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199601240
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738968 | DOI:

Series: Explorations in Language and Space

The Representation of Motion

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The representation of motion begins by discussing motion‐oriented extensions of the spatial calculi described in Chapter 3, including models of relative motion. It then describes a relatively new semantics for motion in language, based on Dynamic Interval Temporal Logic (DITL), where constructing meaning involves creating an executable program. The authors show how the compositional semantics for motion expressions discussed in Chapter 2 can be recast more formally in DITL, with the spatial primitives used now grounded in terms of primitives drawn from these qualitative calculi. The chapter then elaborates the motion verb classification in Chapter 2, with DITL motion expressions for each class. The authors argue that their treatment addresses most of the requirements specified at the beginning of the book.

Keywords: basic motion frame; compositional semantics; dynamic interval temporal logic (DITL); dynamic logic; event structure; manner‐of‐motion verbs; motion process; motion verb classes; path verbs; qualitative trajectory calculus (QTC); relative motion

Chapter.  11079 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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