Two Path Preposition: Along and Past

  • Christian Kray
  • Jörg Baus
  • Hubert Zimmer
  • Harry Speiser
  • Antonio Krüger
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2205)


We present results from a series of experiments, where relevant factors for theuse of path prepositions were examined. We were especially interested in the concepts behind the German prepositions “entlang” and “vorbei” (similar to “along” and “past”). After exploring the basic properties human beings attribute to these prepositions, we systematically varied those properties to investigate their impact on the selection process and the corresponding speech production latency. The results indicate that parallelism and distance between the outline of a reference object and a trajectory are key concepts in this context.

Key Words

communication of spatial information spatial reasoning empirical studies path prepositions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Kray
    • 1
  • Jörg Baus
    • 3
  • Hubert Zimmer
    • 2
  • Harry Speiser
    • 2
  • Antonio Krüger
    • 3
  1. 1.German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)Germany
  2. 2.Dept. of PsychologySaarland UniversitySaarland
  3. 3.Dept. of Computer ScienceSaarland UniversitySaarland

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