Context affairs scale selection for proximity terms

Burigo, Michele and Coventry, Kenny (2010) Context affairs scale selection for proximity terms. Spatial Cognition and Computation, 10 (4). pp. 292-312. ISSN 1387-5868

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Abstract

Spatial proximity terms, such as near and far, communicate information regarding the distance in which a “located” object can be found with respect to a “reference” object. The present paper investigates whether people take into account the location of an object extraneous to the located object and reference object pair, when setting the scale for proximity language judgements. Across three experiments participants rated the appropriateness of near and far to describe spatial scenes that included a third (distractor) object positioned the same distance as the located object from the reference object, but at varying distances from the located object. The results show that the presence of other spatial relations affects scale setting, resulting in differences in appropriateness ratings for those spatial terms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial language,proximity prepositions,scale,distance,context
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition and Perception
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 04:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58793
DOI: 10.1080/13875861003797719

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