Spatial Language and Dialogue

Hardcover | December 31, 2009

EditorKenny R. 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 spatiallanguage 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 languageresearch 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 disciplinesfrom graduate level upwards, the book sets the agenda for future research in spatial conceptualization and communication.

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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 spatiallanguage in monologue situations, and often i...

Kenny Coventry is Director of the Cognition and Communication Research Centre, Northumbria University. His research focuses on the relationship between language and perception from a multidisciplinary perspective. He is the author, with Simon Garrod, of Saying, Seeing and Acting: The Psychological Semantics on Spatial Prepositions (2...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 31, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019955420X

ISBN - 13:9780199554201

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1. Kenny R. Coventry, Thora Tenbrink, and John Bateman: Introduction - Spatial Language and Dialogue: Navigating the Domain2. Matthew Watson, Martin Pickering, and Holly Branigan: Why Dialogue Methods are Important for Investigating Spatial Language3. Michael Schober: Spatial Dilogue Between Partners with Mismatched Abilities4. Constanze Vorweg: Consistency in Successive Spatial Utterances5. Anna Filipi and Roger Wales: An Interactionally Situated Analysis of What Prompts Shift in the Motion Verbs come and go in a Map Task6. Luc Steels and Martin Loetzsch: Perspective Alignment in Spatial Language7. Laura Carlson and Patrick Hill: Formulating Spatial Descriptions Across Various Dialogue Contexts8. Thora Tenbrink: Identifying Objects in English and German: A Contrastive Linguistic Analysis of Spatial Reference9. Barbara Tversky, Julie Heiser, Paul Lee, and Marie-Paule Daniel: Explanations in Gesture, Diagram, and Word10. Timo Sowa and Ipke Wachsmuth: A Computational Model for the Representation and Processing of Shape in Coverbal Iconic Gestures11. Kristina Striegnitz, Paul Tepper, Andrew Lovett, and Justine Cassell: Knowledge Representation for Generating Locating Gestures in Route Directions12. Philippe Muller and Laurent Prevot: Grounding Information in Route Explanation Dialogues13. Shi Hui and Thora Tenbrink: Telling Rolland Where to go: HRI Dialogues on Route NavigationReferencesIndex