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The interpretation of Spatial 'At': An Experimental Study
Stockholms universitet, Engelska institutionen.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7042-3576
2013 (English)In: Journal of Cognitive Science, ISSN 1598-2327, E-ISSN 1976-6939, Vol. 14, no 1, 47-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents an experimental study on the interpretation of the spatialpreposition at in adult speakers, based on a variant of the Truth ValueJudgment Task. It is shown that speakers can interpret at as denoting a spatialrelation that stands in the “lexical entailment” relation with other spatial prepositions(e.g. inside, in front of, on top of, behind). For instance, if multiplelocated entities are involved in this relation, then they may occupy locationsthat can be “internal”, “external”, or placed on different verses of the samedirection, e.g. in front or behind a certain landmark object. It is discussed whichsemantic hypothesis correctly predicts these findings, and what the implicationscould be, for a theory of spatial prepositions and their Semantics.

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Seoul: Seoul National University , 2013. Vol. 14, no 1, 47-76 p.
Keyword [en]
Spatial prepositions, Semantics, Sentence Processing, Truth Value Judgment Task
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31529DiVA: diva2:956247
Available from: 2016-08-29 Created: 2016-08-25 Last updated: 2016-08-29Bibliographically approved

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