Spatial language and dialogue

Kenny Coventry, Thora Tenbrink, John Bateman

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This book considers how people talk about the location of objects and places. Spatial language has occupied many researchers across diverse fields, such as linguistics, psychology, GIScience, architecture, and neuroscience. However, the vast majority of work in this area has examined spatial language in monologue situations, and often in highly artificial and restricted settings. Yet there is a growing recognition in the language research community that dialogue rather than monologue should be a starting point for language understanding. Hence, the current zeitgeist in both language research and robotics/AI demands an integrated examination of spatial language in dialogue settings. The present volume provides such integration for the first time and reports on the latest developments in this important field. Written in a way that will appeal to researchers across disciplines from graduate level upwards, the book sets the agenda for future research in spatial conceptualization and communication.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages232
ISBN (Print)9780199554201
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2009

Publication series

NameExplorations in Language and Space
PublisherOxford University Press


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