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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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Ontological Problems for the Semantics of Spatial Expressions in Natural Language

Ontological Problems for the Semantics of Spatial Expressions in Natural Language

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(p.144) 8 Ontological Problems for the Semantics of Spatial Expressions in Natural Language
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Representing Direction in Language and Space
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GAMBOROTTO PIERRE

Muller Philippe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260195.003.0008

This chapter provides a cogent argument for starting with regions of space as the primitives for building a geometric representation of direction. A key advantage of taking regions of space as spatial primitives is that it is congruent with the notion of receptive fields and much of the research in vision that looks at visuo-spatial representation. The chapter presents a model of direction representation based on regions of space as primitives. The model is applied to the semantics of spatial expressions. It is shown that spatial relations expressed in language involve factors beyond geometry that relate to the nature of the objects and the physical concepts involved.

Keywords:   semantics, natural language, spatial expressions, direction, regions of space, spatial primitives, spatial relations, ontology, geometric representations

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