Cultural and Language Influences on the Interpretation of Spatial Prepositions

Hall, Mark M. and Jones, Christopher B (2012). Cultural and Language Influences on the Interpretation of Spatial Prepositions. In: GI_Forum 2012: Geovisualization, Society and Learning: Conference Proceedings (Jekel, Thomas; Car, Adrijana; Strobl, Josef and Griesebner, Gerald eds.), Wichmann Herbert.

Abstract

Culture and language can influence the generation and interpretation of spatial language, which would impact the quality of computational spatial language processing. This paper presents three human-subject experiments aimed at investigating these potential influences on the quantitative interpretations of five spatial prepositions. We show that for the languages (English and German) and cultures investigated (Europe and United States) neither language nor culture have a significant influence.

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