Relevance in Spatial Navigation and Communication

  • Thora Tenbrink
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7463)


Humans are incapable of reproducing exact “copies” of reality when conceptualizing and communicating about space. Instead, those aspects of a spatial environment are represented that are relevant for a particular purpose. This paper addresses how cognition and communication of space are affected by relevance. It starts out with a review of a broad range of evidence from theories and empirical findings on relevance in perception and communication, before turning more specifically to the role of relevance in navigation and description strategies.


Spatial concepts top-down processes route descriptions relevance theory perception 


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  • Thora Tenbrink
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  1. 1.SFB/TR 8 Spatial CognitionUniversity of BremenGermany

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