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Spatial Language and Dialogue

Kenny R. Coventry, Thora Tenbrink, and John Bateman


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 spatial language 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 language research a ... More

Keywords: location, monologue, robotics, AI, GIScience, neuroscience

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199554201
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenny R. Coventry, editor
Northumbria University
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Thora Tenbrink, editor
University of Bremen
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John Bateman, editor
University of Bremen
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1 Introduction—Spatial Language and Dialogue: Navigating the Domain

Kenny R. Coventry, Thora Tenbrink, and John Bateman

2 Why Dialogue Methods are Important for Investigating Spatial Language

Matthew E. Watson, Martin J. Pickering, and Holly P. Branigan

6 Perspective Alignment in Spatial Language

Luc Steels and Martin Loetzsch

9 Explanations in Gesture, Diagram, and Word

Barbara Tversky, Julie Heiser, Paul Lee, and Marie‐Paule Daniel

11 Knowledge Representation for Generating Locating Gestures in Route Directions

Kristina Striegnitz, Paul Tepper, Andrew Lovett, and Justine Cassell

12 Grounding Information in Route Explanation Dialogues

Philippe Muller And Laurent Prévot