The space of spatial relations: An extended stimulus set


Spatial configurations allow for many different kinds of spatial relations between objects. Previous cross-linguistic work in this domain relies on a valuable but restricted stimulus set, the Topological Relations Picture Series (TRPS), which has two major limitations: (1) it covers a small subset of the spatial semantic domain, focusing on the IN/ON area, and (2) it covers that subset in an unsystematic way. We propose to create a large stimulus set of spatial relations that covers the space of possible relations in a more comprehensive way and includes the TRPS as a subset. The extended set will be systematically generated from a large family of spatial features describing relations between figure and ground objects, such as contact, support, attachment-by-spiking, and others that have been previously proposed. All stimuli will be rendered in 3D and released to the public to aid basic research in spatial language and cognition.

Back to Table of Contents