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The Virtual Atoll Task: a spatial language elicitation tool

J Lum, Jonathan Schlossberg, Mark Harvey (ed.), Alexis Antonia (ed.)

The 45th Australian Linguistic Society ConferenceProceedings – 2014 | Australian Linguistic Society | Published : 2014

Abstract

This paper describes and evaluates the Virtual Atoll Task (VAT), a new elicitation tool for research on spatiallanguage. The task, which elicits spatial descriptions asparticipants direct each other through a simulated landscape,provides a more realistic, first-person perspective in comparison with previous tabletop space games (e.g., Levinson et al. 1992;Senft 1994; Wilkins 1993), and aims to prompt large scale spatialdescriptions that may be uncommon in tabletop space. Wediscuss the methodology of the task then comment on itsstrengths and limitations as an elicitation tool, reporting on pilotstudies in Jaluit Atoll (Marshall Islands) and Laamu Atoll(Maldives). We conclude by discussing the..

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