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

Entries — October 2011

Volumes 1995 and 1996 now available

We’ve just added fourteen new entries from the 1995 and 1996 L&C Field Manuals. The materials range from a cross-linguistic questionnaire on demonstratives (Pederson & Wilkins) to the Enter-exit animationsMore →

Towards a Socio-Cultural Profile of the Communities We Work With

Field data are drawn from a particular speech community at a certain place and time. The intent of this survey is to enrich understanding of the various socio-cultural contexts inMore →

‘Logical’ Connectives in Natural Language: A First Questionnaire

It has been hypothesised that human reasoning has a non-linguistic foundation, but is nevertheless influenced by the formal means available in a language. For example, Western logic is transparently relatedMore →

Questionnaire on Event Realization

“Event realisation” refers to the normal final state of the affected entity of an activity described by a verb. For example, the sentence John killed the mosquito entails that theMore →

Recommendations for Data Collection for Gesture Studies

Do our hands ‘speak the same language’ across cultures? Gesture is the silent partner of spoken languages in face-to-face interaction, but we still have a lot to learn about gestureMore →

Posture Verb Survey

Expressions of human activities and states are a rich area for cross-linguistic comparison. Some languages of the world treat human posture verbs (e.g., sit, lie, kneel) as a special classMore →

Pilot Questionnaire to Investigate Social Uses of Space

Day-to-day interpretations of “space” are enmeshed in specific cultural and linguistic practices. For example, many cultures have an association between vertical height and social standing; more powerful people may beMore →

Background Questions for the “Enter”/”Exit” Research

How do languages encode different kinds of movement, and what features do people pay attention to when describing motion events? This document outlines topics concerning the investigation of “enter” andMore →

Enter/Exit Animation for Linguistic Elicitation

This task investigates the expression of “enter” and “exit” events, and is a supplement to the Motion Elicitation task. Consultants are asked to describe a series of animated clips whereMore →

Intransitive Predicate Form Class Survey

Different linguistic structures allow us to highlight distinct aspects of a situation. The aim of this survey is to investigate similarities and differences in the expression of situations or eventsMore →