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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition$
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Kelly S. Mix, Linda B. Smith, and Michael Gasser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.001.0001

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Encoding Space in Spatial Language

Encoding Space in Spatial Language

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(p.157) 8 Encoding Space in Spatial Language
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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition
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Laura A. Carlson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.003.0008

We all share a common spatial experience but talk about this experience in very different ways. One way to understand this variability is to identify which linguistic properties are associated with which spatial properties. Research examining the interface of language and space has typically focused on how language is mapped onto space. The goal of the current chapter is to examine the interface by asking instead how space is mapped onto language. This is accomplished by overviewing three lines of research from my lab that focus on which spatial properties are encoded by virtue of processing spatial language.

Keywords:   spatial language, reference frames, distance, direction, topological spatial terms, projective spatial terms

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