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This book considers how it is possible for people to use directions like 'above the table' or 'over the city'. How does our brain or any other information processing system represent a direction as a spatial entity? And, how is it possible to link such a representation to language, so that we talk about a direction we have in mind? When we look at or imagine a scene, what entities can be employed for representing a direction, and what are the parts in language that can be used to talk about directions? This book brings together research from linguistics, psychology, philosophy, computer science, anthropology, and neuroscience to answer these intriguing questions. By considering direction representation across different languages and in different information processing systems, this book gives an overview of the main issues in this area for both the interested novice and the specialized researcher.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199260195
ISBN-10: 0199260192
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Emile Van Der Zee

Emile van der Zee is senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Lincoln. His publications include Cognitive Interfaces: Constraints on Linking Cognitive Information (2000, together with prof. Urpo Nikanne), also published by Oxford University Press. Jon Slack is the head of Psychology at the University of Lincoln. He completed his PhD at Manchester University in 1976 and has held teaching posts at the Open University and the University of Kent. His main research interests are in neural network modeling and representational theory.

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