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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

(p.89) 7 Formulating Spatial Descriptions across Various Dialogue Contexts
Spatial Language and Dialogue

Laura A. Carlson (Contributor Webpage)

Patrick L. Hill

Oxford University Press

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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