Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Joe Blythe

The story so far, and looking into the future

The first few months of the L&C Field Manuals and Stimulus Materials website have been above expectations. We think it’s time for some preliminary statistics and an improvement: “recommend this entry”.

The first months

We now have over 250 registered users from over 30 different countries, with affilations ranging from the Central Institute of Hindi in Agra to the University of Chicago, from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris to Moscow State University, and from the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology in Melbourne to the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico City.

In the first three months we have served well over 600 downloads of field manual entries and stimulus materials. We are happy to see that the site is serving its purpose of making these materials more easily available for users around the globe, and we look forward to the exciting new studies in cross-cultural semantics and semantic typology that these materials will foster.

Spreading the word

Still, we strive to do better. In particular, we would like to reach more of our colleagues in developing countries, and we think you can help. From today on all entries include a handy “Recommend this entry” link which you can use to send an email to a colleague. (Rest assured we don’t collect any emails for later use and we don’t send you or your colleagues unsolicited email.) Look for this box:

Recommend this entry (example)

Recommend this entry (example)

To see it in action, take a look at BowPed or any other entry. Do you know colleagues who might benefit from these materials? Now you can send them an email right away.

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