Spatial description, function and context

Andonova, Elena, Tenbrink, Thora and Coventry, Kenny (2008) Spatial description, function and context. In: Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society, Wasgington DC, USA, pp. 199-204. ISBN 978-0976831846

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Lexical choices in descriptions of the spatial world around us are affected not only by geometry, but also by variables such as situational context and the extent to which the spatial relations between the objects referred to are seen as consistent with their typical function. In a study of how people describe complex scenes with multiple objects we examined whether descriptive choices (both locally at the lexical level but also at a more global descriptive scheme level) are guided by knowledge about the spatial arrangement (functional versus non-functional doll's furniture arrangements) and by the contextual schemas evoked in the task instruction (a living room context versus a furniture showroom). Participants' choices varied both in terms of the order in which objects in the array were described (trajectory strategies) and in spatial language depending on the functionality of the array. The context of instruction had a more limited role affecting only one aspect of the spatial language used.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial language, functional relations, context
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
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Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 15:11
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 16:28

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