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EPSRC Reference: GR/N38145/01
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICALLY-PLAUSIBLE COMPUTATIONAL MODEL FOR SPATIAL LANGUAGE USE AND COMPREHENSION
Principal Investigator: Coventry, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Cangelosi, Professor A
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Department: Sch of Psychology
Organisation: University of Plymouth
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 23 April 2001 Ends: 22 December 2003 Value (£): 152,606
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Cognitive Science Appl. in ICT
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No relevance to Underpinning Sectors Creative Industries
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Computational models for spatial language have assumed that formalisms of geometrical space and abstract object modelling are adequate to account for the use and comprehension of spatial terms (Regier, 19967). However, there is growing evidence from psycholinguistic studies (see Coventry 1998 for a review) that talking about the spatial world involves extra-geometric variables (e.g. functions of objects, their shape and size) as well as geometric variables. The aim of this programme of work is to develop a psychologically plausible connectionist model for spatial prepositions which deals with both functional and geometric features. The research project will involve running a series of experiments manipulating both geometric and extra-geometric features to establish the relative extent to which the meaning of spatial prepositions is affected by such factors and to assess the relative weightings of individual features for input to the computational architecture. The outputs of the model will also be tested empirically against ratings produced by participants to establish whether the model maps onto real use and comprehension. The end result of this programme of work will be a working computational model for spatial language, and also a complementary battery of experimental results showing how spatial prepositions are influenced by these factors.
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