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Spatial Language and Dialogue$
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Kenny R. Coventry, Thora Tenbrink, and John Bateman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554201.001.0001

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Spatial Dialogue between Partners with Mismatched Abilities

Spatial Dialogue between Partners with Mismatched Abilities

(p.23) 3 Spatial Dialogue between Partners with Mismatched Abilities
Spatial Language and Dialogue

Michael F. Schober

Oxford University Press

Speakers describing locations in dialogue can speak from their own point of view, from their partner's, or from another perspective which avoids the choice. As a new study shows, speakers' mental rotation ability — and the relative ability of their partners — notably affects whose perspective they take and their communicative success. This chapter details this new study.

Keywords:   dialogue, perspective taking, spatial ability, mental rotation ability, individual differences

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