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Boundaries and Prototypes in Categorizing Direction

Mast, V. and Wolter, D. and Klippel, A. and Wallgrun, J.O. and Tenbrink, T. (2014) Boundaries and Prototypes in Categorizing Direction. In: Spatial Cognition IX. Lecturers Notes in Computer Science . Springer, pp. 92-107. ISBN 9783319112145

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Abstract

Projective terms such as left, right, front, back are conceptually interesting due to their flexibility of contextual usage and their central relevance to human spatial cognition. Their default acceptability areas are well known, with prototypical axes representing their most central usage and decreasing acceptability away from the axes. Previous research has shown these axes to be boundaries in certain non-linguistic tasks, indicating an inverse relationship between linguistic and non-linguistic direction concepts under specific circumstances. Given this striking mismatch, our study asks how such inverse non-linguistic concepts are represented in language, as well as how people describe their categorization. Our findings highlight two distinct grouping strategies reminiscent of theories of human categorization: prototype based or boundary based. These lead to different linguistic as well as non-linguistic patterns.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Linguistics and English Language
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2015 02:43
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:54
ISBN: 9783319112145
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5094
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-11215-2_7
Publisher: Springer
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