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Spatial Language and Dialogue$
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Kenny R. Coventry, Thora Tenbrink, and John Bateman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554201.001.0001

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Formulating Spatial Descriptions across Various Dialogue Contexts

Formulating Spatial Descriptions across Various Dialogue Contexts

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(p.89) 7 Formulating Spatial Descriptions across Various Dialogue Contexts
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Spatial Language and Dialogue
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Laura A. Carlson (Contributor Webpage)

Patrick L. Hill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554201.003.0007

This chapter examines the formulation of spatial descriptions that include a target, a reference object, and a spatial term indicating their relation. Across various dialogue contexts, it examines how speakers select these components. In the experiments speakers consistently selected reference objects in a preferred spatial relation, with a weak influence due to its features.

Keywords:   spatial terms, target, reference object, where is task, speaker preferences, listener preferences

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