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Pragmatic construction of destination descriptions for urban environments


Tomko, M; Winter, S (2009). Pragmatic construction of destination descriptions for urban environments. Spatial Cognition and Computation, 9(1):1-29.

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Destination descriptions are route descriptions focusing on the “where” of the destination instead of the “how” to reach it. They provide first a coarse reference to the destination, and then increasingly more detailed ones as the description proceeds. We introduce a definition of destination descriptions, along with an analysis of the construction and interpretation of destination descriptions grounded in pragmatic communication theory.We present a formal model enabling the selection of references for destination descriptions from models of experiential hierarchies of urban environments. This model generates route directions for people with some knowledge of the environment. Destination descriptions are usually shorter and we conjecture that the cognitive workload required during their use is lower than for equivalent turn-based directions.

Destination descriptions are route descriptions focusing on the “where” of the destination instead of the “how” to reach it. They provide first a coarse reference to the destination, and then increasingly more detailed ones as the description proceeds. We introduce a definition of destination descriptions, along with an analysis of the construction and interpretation of destination descriptions grounded in pragmatic communication theory.We present a formal model enabling the selection of references for destination descriptions from models of experiential hierarchies of urban environments. This model generates route directions for people with some knowledge of the environment. Destination descriptions are usually shorter and we conjecture that the cognitive workload required during their use is lower than for equivalent turn-based directions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:19 Feb 2010 15:00
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:55
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1387-5868
Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in Spatial Cognition & Computation, Volume 9, Issue 1 January 2009 , pages 1 - 29. Spatial Cognition & Computation is available online at http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a909237201~db=all~jumptype=rss
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13875860802427775
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-30653

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