Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Stephen C. Levinson

Entries — August 2010

The Diff-Task: A Symmetrical Dyadic Multimodal Interaction Task

This task is a complement to the questionnaire ‘Multimodal interaction in your field site: a preliminary investigation’. The objective of the task is to obtain high quality video data onMore →

Reciprocity Questionnaire

This project is part of a collaborative project with the research group “Reciprocals across languages” led by Nick Evans. One goal of this project is to develop a typology ofMore →

Reasoning in Language

This project aims to investigate how speakers of various languages in indigenous cultures verbally reason about moral issues. The ways in which a solution for a moral problem is found,More →

Multimodal Multiperson Interaction with Infants Aged 9 to 15 Months

Interaction, for all that it has an ethological base, is culturally constituted, and how new social members are enculturated into the interactional practices of the society is of critical interestMore →

Multimodal Interaction in Your Field Site: A Preliminary Investigation

Research on video- and audio-recordings of spontaneous naturally-occurring conversation in English has shown that conversation is a rule-guided, practice-oriented domain that can be investigated for its underlying mechanics or structure.More →

Landscape Terms and Place Names Questionnaire

Landscape terms reflect the relationship between geographic reality and human cognition. Are ‘mountains’, ‘rivers, ‘lakes’ and the like universally recognised in languages as naturally salient objects to be named? TheMore →

Kids’ Cut & Break

Kids’ Cut & Break is a task inspired by the original Cut & Break task (see MPI L&C Group Field Manual 2001), but designed for use with children as wellMore →

Interview on Kinship

We want to know how people think about their field of kin, on the supposition that it is quasi-spatial. To get some insights here, we need to video a discussionMore →

Folk Theories of Objects in Motion

There are three main strands of research which have investigated people’s intuitive knowledge of objects in motion. (1) Knowledge of the trajectories of objects in motion; (2) knowledge of theMore →

‘Fish Traps’ Task

This task is designed to elicit virtual 3D ‘models’ created in gesture space using iconic and other representational gestures. This task has been piloted with Lao speakers, where two speakersMore →