Two special sessions of the
10th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication

12-13 September 2014,
University of Latvia,
Riga, Latvia

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(I) A session on experimental work on spatial PPs

Empirical papers on all aspects of spatial PPs are welcome.

The following topics are particularly welcome:

How are directional and locational concepts encoded?
Are directional PPs derived from locational ones, and if so what is the mechanism of derivation?
Functional impact of PPs.
The impact of functional knowledge on the interpretation of PPs.

Abstracts should include a clear and concise description of methods and statistics.

(II) A session on formal work on spatial PPs:

Papers using formal semantic frameworks in the analysis of spatial preposition are welcome. In particular:

Formal representation of directional and spatial expressions
Vector space semantics
Region calculi
Topological analysis

Time allowed for presentations is 40 minutes including discussion.

Submissions are by extended abstract, and should include an extended abstract of not more than 2 pages, and a short abstract of 200 words.
All submissions should be PREPARED FOR BLIND REVIEW, and should be submitted electronically with 'Paper Riga 2014 Session 1 [or 2]' as a subject to

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS MARCH 20, 2014. Authors will be notified in LATE MARCH 2014.

A limited number of papers will be selected for presentation at the symposium and considered for inclusion in the proceedings in the Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication.

General information about the Symposium:

The 10th Symposium for Cognition, Logic and Communication, to be held at the University of Latvia in Riga on September 12-13, 2014, will focus on the cognitive processing of space, its cognitive and formal representation, and its linguistic encoding. We will explore the content and the scope of spatial cognition and how universal it is.
The impact of non-spatial factors on spatial cognition and transformations of spatial cognition into non-spatial domains will be discussed. Scale-dependency of spatial cognition and differences between small-scale and large-scale spatial cognition will be explored. The syntax and semantics of locative and other spatial expressions will be examined, along with their relations to cognitive structures of spatial representation.

Further topics include (but are not limited to):
The patterns of conceptual representation of space Perceptual determinants of spatial cognition Development of spatial cognition Interaction between linguistic and cognitive structures of spatial representation Lexical representations of directional and locative expressions Generalization of spatial relations Visual impact on spatial cognition Multi-modal impact on spatial cognition Geometric and topologic principles in spatial reasoning

We welcome contributions from all fields including cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, computer science, and philosophy.
Interdisciplinary contributions are very much welcome.

The symposium is co-hosted by the Center for Cognitive Sciences and Semantics of the University of Latvia in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University, IL, USA.


Peter Gärdenfors (University of Lund, Sweden) Dedre Gentner (Northwestern University, USA) Karel Jezek (Charles University, Czech Republic and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway) Marcus Kracht (University of Bielefeld, Germany) Barbara Landau (John Hopkins University, USA)

Timothy McNamara (Vanderbilt University, USA) Nora Newcombe (Temple University, USA) Jessica Rett (University of California at Los Angeles, USA) David Uttal (Northwestern University, USA)


Peter Svenonius (University of Tromsø, Norway) Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University, USA) Jurgis Skilters (University of Latvia, Latvia)