The influence of geometrical and nongeometrical features on the use of the lexical concepts NEAR and FAR in English and Finnish

van der Zee, Emile and Adams, Karen and Niemi, Jussi (2009) The influence of geometrical and nongeometrical features on the use of the lexical concepts NEAR and FAR in English and Finnish. Spatial Cognition & Computation, 9 (4). pp. 305-317. ISSN 1387-5868

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13875860903219212

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of geometrical and nongeometrical features on the use of the lexical concepts NEAR and FAR in English and Finnish.
Participants’ acceptability ratings for these concepts demonstrate that a bar in between a Figure and a Ground acts as a scale-setting object but not as a distance enhancing barrier, shows that the influence of the geometrical feature Figure–Ground distance exceeds the influence of several nongeometrical features, but most of all reveals that language specific lexical properties associated with NEAR and FAR predict language dependent effects for functional relatedness in interaction with Figure–Ground distance and bar presence.

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Additional Information:This paper investigates the impact of geometrical and nongeometrical features on the use of the lexical concepts NEAR and FAR in English and Finnish. Participants’ acceptability ratings for these concepts demonstrate that a bar in between a Figure and a Ground acts as a scale-setting object but not as a distance enhancing barrier, shows that the influence of the geometrical feature Figure–Ground distance exceeds the influence of several nongeometrical features, but most of all reveals that language specific lexical properties associated with NEAR and FAR predict language dependent effects for functional relatedness in interaction with Figure–Ground distance and bar presence.
Keywords:spatial language, lexical representation, distance, functional features
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:2360
Deposited By: Emile van der Zee
Deposited On:24 May 2010 11:51
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:36

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