A Sense of Space: Conceptualization in Wayfinding and Navigation

167 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2012

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Ryan Dewey

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Cognitive Science

Date Written: August 17, 2012

Abstract

This thesis addresses a gap in current cognitive work on fictive motion by exploring the factors involved in the production of fictive motion rather than the standard approach of investigating fictive motion processing.

Part 1 of this study consists of an experimental study of the production of coextension path fictive motion (such as the ravine ran beside the trail) in language used by hikers as they move along a trail through a complex terrain.

Part 2 is an ethnographic study of the wayfinding strategies recruited by American tourists in Paris in the production of general emanation path fictive motion (such as the museum overlooked the courtyard).

The major findings in this work suggest 1) that the role of compression in conceptual blends is a facilitating force in the production of fictive motion, and 2) this facilitating force motivates a semiotic typology of fictive motion that refines Talmy╩╝s original analysis.

Keywords: mental scanning, fictive motion, palpability, map usage, figure-ground organization, semiotics, compression, conceptual blending, cartography, photography

Suggested Citation

Dewey, Ryan, A Sense of Space: Conceptualization in Wayfinding and Navigation (August 17, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2136686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2136686

Ryan Dewey (Contact Author)

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Cognitive Science ( email )

10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7068
United States

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