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Spatial Language

Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

  • Kenny R. Coventry
  • Patrick Olivier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Agnès Gryl, Bernard Moulin, Driss Kettani
    Pages 19-42
  3. Ingo Duwe, Klaus Kessler, Hans Strohner
    Pages 43-67
  4. Tanja Jörding, Ipke Wachsmuth
    Pages 69-85
  5. Karen Emmorey, Shannon Casey
    Pages 87-101
  6. Nancy Franklin, Todd Federico
    Pages 103-120
  7. Anna Goy
    Pages 121-145
  8. Christina Manning, Maria D. Sera, Herbert L. Pick Jr.
    Pages 147-164
  9. Kenny R. Coventry, Gayna Mather
    Pages 165-184
  10. Robert Porzel, Martin Jansche, Ralf Meyer-Klabunde
    Pages 185-207
  11. Carola Eschenbach, Christopher Habel, Annette Leßmöllmann
    Pages 209-231
  12. Holly A. Taylor, Susan J. Naylor
    Pages 233-253
  13. Monika Wagener-Wender
    Pages 255-260
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 271-283

About this book


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.


Cognitive psychology Cognitive science Frames Memory Thought anthropomorph artificial intelligence intelligence language linguistics semantic

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenny R. Coventry
    • 1
  • Patrick Olivier
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Thinking and Language, Department of PsychologyUniversity of PlymouthUK
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Spatial Language
  • Book Subtitle Cognitive and Computational Perspectives
  • Editors Kenny R. Coventry
    P. Olivier
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0208-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5910-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-9928-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 283
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
    Artificial Intelligence
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