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 co-located with 14th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2019)
EditorsKristin Stock, Christopher B. Jones, Thora Tenbrink
PublisherRheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventWorkshop on Speaking of Location 2019 - Regensburg, Germany
Duration: 9 Sep 201913 Sep 2019
Conference number: 2nd


ConferenceWorkshop on Speaking of Location 2019
Abbreviated titleSoL 2019


  • Cross-cultural research
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Individual variation
  • Sociotopography
  • Spatial frames of reference
  • Spatial language
  • Topography

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