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
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshop on Speaking of Location 2019
    Subtitle of host publicationcommunicating about space
    EditorsKristin Stock, Christopher B. Jones, Thora Tenbrick
    Place of PublicationRegensburg, Germany
    PublisherCEUR Workshop Proceedings
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    EventWorkshop on Speaking of Location 2019 - Regensburg, Germany
    Duration: 9 Sep 201913 Sep 2019

    Publication series

    NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
    ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073


    ConferenceWorkshop on Speaking of Location 2019
    Abbreviated titleSoL 2019

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    Copyright the Author(s) 2019. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.


    • spatial language
    • spatial frames of reference
    • topography
    • sociotopography
    • cross-cultural research
    • individual variation
    • Indigenous Australia


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