Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Tyko Dirksmeyer

Entries — January 2011

Suggestions for the Field Research on Dimensional Expressions

The aim of this task is to explore the linguistic expression of “dimensions” — e.g., the height, width or depth — of objects in the world around us. In aMore →

Bloxes: An Interactive Task for the Elicitation of Dimensional Expressions

“Dimensional expressions” single out and describe one symmetric axis of a 1D, 2D, or 3D object (e.g., The road is long). “Bloxes” is an interactive, object-matching task that elicits descriptionsMore →

Route Descriptions: Interactive Games with Eric’s Maze Task

What are the preferred ways to describe spatial relationships in different linguistic and cultural groups, and how does this interact with non-linguistic spatial awareness? This game was devised as anMore →

A Cross-Linguistic Questionnaire on “Demonstratives”

Demonstrative terms (e.g., this and that) are key items in understanding how a language constructs and interprets spatial relationships. This in-depth questionnaire explores how demonstratives (and similar spatial deixis forms)More →