2004, Tomai E. and Kavouras M., "Where the City sits? Revealing Geospatial Semantics in Text Descriptions" Print

 

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Tomai E. and Kavouras M., "Where the City sits? Revealing Geospatial Semantics in Text Descriptions", 7th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, Crete, Greece, April 28 - May 1, 2004.

 

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This paper seeks to reveal the semantics of geospatial concepts as it can be elicited from text descriptions. So far, such an approach has dealt with the analysis of existent repositories of geographic information. Taking up with the study of the semantics of geospatial concepts, we turn to the analysis of the linguistic expressions of space and consequently of the “things” it includes. More specifically, we identify linguistic terms that people use when they locate themselves in space or when they move around it. In addition, we examine how people tend to portray objects positioned in space and which descriptions they use to communicate with each other about these objects. From this information, inferences can be drawn on what constitutes the semantics of spatial objects and how this is connected to natural language. What is more, the generation of mental maps has employed spatial descriptions due to their expressive power and use of natural language. Consequently, modern cartography has a lot to gain from the semantic analysis of text descriptions of space.

 

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