Geospatial natural language in indigenous Australia: Research priorities

Bill Palmer, Joe Blythe, Alice Gaby, Dorothea Hoffmann, Maïa Ponsonnet

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Australian languages are widely believed to exemplify abstract spatial conceptual systems, manifest as cardinal terms. In fact, Australian languages typically make heavy use of terms invoking local environmental features. We report on research investigating correlations between linguistic spatial systems and topography, and the role of socio-cultural factors in individual variation in spatial referential strategy choices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-27
Number of pages11
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event2nd Workshop on Speaking of Location: Communicating about Space, SoL 2019 - Regensburg, Germany
Duration: 9 Sept 201913 Sept 2019


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