Where Snow is a Landmark: Route Direction Elements in Alpine Contexts

Egorova, E. and Tenbrink, T. and Purves, R.S. (2015) Where Snow is a Landmark: Route Direction Elements in Alpine Contexts. In: COSIT 2015 Conference on Spatial Information Theory XII, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA October 12-16, 2015..


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Route directions research has mostly focused on urban space so far, highlighting human concepts of street networks based on a range of recurring elements such as route segments, decision points, landmarks and actions. We explored the way route directions reflect the features of space and activity in the context of mountaineering. Alpine route directions are only rarely segmented through decision points related to reorientation; instead, segmentation is based on changing topography. Segments are described with various degrees of detail, depending on difficulty. For landmark description, direction givers refer to properties such as type of surface, dimension, colour of landscape features; ter-rain properties (such as snow) can also serve as landmarks. Action descriptions reflect the geometrical conceptualization of landscape features and dimension-ality of space. Further, they are very rich in the semantics of manner of motion

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Linguistics and English Language
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 02:46
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2015 03:31
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/4729
Publisher: Springer
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