Journal article

Pragmatic Construction of Destination Descriptions for Urban Environments

Martin Tomko, Stephan Winter

SPATIAL COGNITION AND COMPUTATION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

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 des..

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