Language and the perceptual parameters affecting the representation of space

Kenny Coventry, Debbie Griffiths, Colin Hamilton

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This paper presents a series of experiments that examine how common perceptual parameters, such as ownership, visibility, and familiarity affect both language usage and contribute to our representation of space. A memory game paradigm (see Coventry, Valdés, Castillo, & Guijarro-Fuentes, 2008 for details) was used to elicit the use of the demonstratives ‘this’ and ‘that’, without participants realising the purpose of the experiment. Participants were more likely to use ‘this’ when the object referred to was their own, visible or was more familiar.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
EventEmbodied & Situated Language Processing Conference - Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Duration: 1 Aug 2012 → …


ConferenceEmbodied & Situated Language Processing Conference
Period1/08/12 → …
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