Qualitative Spatial Reasoning in Interpreting Text and Narrative

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Simple natural language texts and narratives often raise problems in commonsense spatial knowledge and reasoning of surprising logical complexity and geometric richness. In this article, I consider a dozen short texts-five taken from literature, the remainder contrived as illustrations-and discuss the spatial reasoning involved in understanding them. I conclude by summarizing their common features, and by tentatively drawing some morals for research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-294
Number of pages31
JournalSpatial Cognition and Computation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • qualitative spatial reasoning
  • text interpretation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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