Geospatial Semantics: A Textual Perspective

Michael Gavin, Eric Gidal


The peculiar dynamics that literary geographers find between actual places and their fictional representations are dynamics inherent to all texts and all places. What James Thurgill has called “the spatial hinge” is a point of connection – a suture or touch between textuality and actuality – with widespread implications for mapping the semantics of place throughout textual corpora. Computational approaches to language and place reveal innumerable points of connection that help describe the very fabric of human society in all its textual and geographical complexity.


geosemantics; literary geography; spatial hinge

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