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Vector Grammar, Places, and the Functional Role of the Spatial Prepositions in English

O'Keefe, J; (2003) Vector Grammar, Places, and the Functional Role of the Spatial Prepositions in English. In: Van der Zee, E and Slack, J, (eds.) Representing Direction in Language and Space. (pp. 69-85). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter shows how different prepositions specify different aspects of the location vectors and of the spatial extents of the fields in different directions. Animal studies provide evidence that vector-based representations are employed in spatial cognition. This work addresses the issue of how different spatial relations are encoded within a vector-based representation called a cognitive map, which is an absolute or allocentric spatial representation of the environment. This chapter introduces the Boundary Vector Cell model, which assumes that place cells —representing certain locations in space—take their input from Boundary Vector Cells (BVCs). The properties of the BVCs and place cells cooperate to form graded regions; regions that are not isotropic, but represent a continuous acceptability gradient for many different spatial prepositions.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Vector Grammar, Places, and the Functional Role of the Spatial Prepositions in English
ISBN-13: 9780199260195
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260195.001.0001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260195.0...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: spatial prepositions, location vectors, direction, grammar, cognitive maps, Boundary Vector Cell, place cells, space, spatial cognition
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10113786
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