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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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Identifying Objects in English and German: a Contrastive Linguistic Analysis of Spatial Reference 1

Identifying Objects in English and German: a Contrastive Linguistic Analysis of Spatial Reference 1

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(p.104) 8 Identifying Objects in English and German: a Contrastive Linguistic Analysis of Spatial Reference1
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Spatial Language and Dialogue
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Thora Tenbrink (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554201.003.0008

This chapter addresses English and German speakers' strategies in a scenario-enhancing reference via spatial contrast, focusing on speakers' linguistic preferences with respect to syntactic forms and modifications. Results confirm shared communicative principles and point to systematic differences which can in part be explained by differences in language structure.

Keywords:   spatial reference, projective terms, contrastive analysis, spatial contrast, language structure

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