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ERIC Number: EJ784258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
Encoding Direction when Interpreting Proximal Terms
Ashley, Aaron; Carlson, Laura A.
Language and Cognitive Processes, v22 n7 p1021-1044 Nov 2007
The location of an object is often described by spatially relating it to a known landmark. The spatial terms used in such descriptions can provide various types of information. For example, projective terms such as "above" indicate direction but not distance, whereas proximal terms such as "near" indicate distance but not direction. Previous research has demonstrated that information not explicitly specified by projective prepositions (i.e., distance) is also encoded during the interpretation of these terms. Using a sentence-picture verification task, we examined whether direction is similarly encoded during the apprehension of proximal terms, examining both spatial prepositions (e.g., "near") and motion verbs (e.g., "approach"). Results suggest that interpreting proximal terms involves encoding direction when such information facilitates locating the target. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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