Spatial Language

Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

Editors: Coventry, Kenny R., Olivier, P. (Eds.)

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People constantly talk to each other about experience or knowledge resulting from spatial perception; they describe the size, shape, orientation and position of objects using a wide range of spatial expressions. The semantic treatment of such expressions presents particular challenges for natural language processing. The meaning representation used must be capable of distinguishing between fine-grained sense differences and ambiguities grounded in our experience and perceptual structure. While there have been many different approaches to the representation and processing of spatial expressions, most computational characterisations have been restricted to particularly narrow problem domains. The chapters in the present volume reflect a commitment to the development of cognitively informed computational treatments of spatial language and spatial representation. Therefore the chapters present computational work, empirical work, or a combination of both.
The book will appeal to all those interested in spatial language and spatial representation, whether they work in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, cognitive psychology or linguistics.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Reasoning about Shape using the Tangential Axis Transform or the Shape’s “Grain”

    Edwards, Geoffrey

    Pages 1-18

  • A Conceptual Model for Representing Verbal Expressions used in Route Descriptions

    Gryl, Agnès (et al.)

    Pages 19-42

  • Resolving Ambiguous Descriptions through Visual Information

    Duwe, Ingo (et al.)

    Pages 43-67

  • An Anthropomorphic Agent for the Use of Spatial Language

    Jörding, Tanja (et al.)

    Pages 69-85

  • Gesture, Thought, and Spatial Language

    Emmorey, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 87-101

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spatial Language
Book Subtitle
Cognitive and Computational Perspectives
Editors
  • Kenny R. Coventry
  • P. Olivier
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9928-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9928-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0208-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5910-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 283
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