Language and Spatial Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Prepositions in English by Annette HerskovitsLanguage and Spatial Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Prepositions in English by Annette Herskovits

Language and Spatial Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Prepositions in English

byAnnette Herskovits

Paperback | March 30, 2009

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This book provides a precise and thorough description of the meaning and use of spatial expressions, using both a linguistics and an artificial intelligence perspective, and also an enlightening discussion of computer models of comprehension and production in the spatial domain. The author proposes a theoretical framework that explains many previously overlooked or misunderstood irregularities. The use of prepositions reveals underlying schematisations and idealisations of the spatial world, which, for the most part, echo representational structures necessary for human action (movement and manipulation). Because spatial cognition seems to provide a key to understanding much of the cognitive system, including language, the book addresses one of the most basic questions confronting cognitive science and artificial intelligence, and brings fresh and original insights to it.
Title:Language and Spatial Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Prepositions in EnglishFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:220 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inShipping dimensions:9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:March 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521109183

ISBN - 13:9780521109185

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Descriptive Framework: 1. Meaning and use of locative expressions; 2. Normal situation types; 3. Purpose; 4. Ideal meanings; 5. Geometric descriptions; 6. Pragmatic factors; 7. Use types; Part II. An Excursion into Computer Models: 8. Decoding and encoding; Part III. Case Studies: 9. The three basic topological prepositions; 10. The projective prepositions; Conclusion: Index.