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The impact of social, cultural and geographic factors on spatial relations

Abstract : Communicating about spatial relations is a day-to-day task throughout our life. We accomplish it so spontaneously and easily that it was thought for long that our own way of transmitting spatial information was universal. However, when anthropologists and linguists started to carry on detailed studies on ‘exotic’ cultures, they found that the verbal expression of even basic spatial relations may differ significantly from language to language. This article contributes to this line of research and focuses on the local factors, notably cultural and geographic, which interfere with the linguistic expression and the precise transmission of spatial information in a few Arabic and Dravidian languages.
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Samia Naïm, Christiane Pilot-Raichoor. The impact of social, cultural and geographic factors on spatial relations. Language Typology and Universals , De Gruyter Mouton, 2016, 69 (3), pp.375-410. ⟨halshs-01485181⟩



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