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Representing Direction in Language and Space$
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Emile van der Zee and Jon Slack

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260195.001.0001

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The Representation of Direction in Language and Space

The Representation of Direction in Language and Space

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Representing Direction in Language and Space
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JON SLACK

EMILE VAN DER ZEE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260195.003.0001

This book explores how direction is represented in language, and how direction is represented in spatial terms for the purpose of language. Two issues are addressed in particular. The first issue concerns the constituents of language encoding direction: which linguistic constituents encode direction, and how they do it. The second issue concerns the possible vehicle for representing a direction such as in front of the car: the spatial distinctions underlying such linguistic expressions. This book covers topics ranging from axes and direction in spatial language and spatial cognition, to vectors across spatial domains, impact of direction changes on the linguistic segmentation of motion events, reconciling axis and vector representations, ontological problems for the semantics of spatial expressions in natural language, change of orientation, how Finnish postpositions see the axis system, and how spatial features determine reference axis categorisation.

Keywords:   direction, spatial entity, language, information processing systems, space, representations, semantics, cognition

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