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

Categories across language and cognition (25 entries)

The Categories across language and cognition project is concerned with the nature of categories and concepts in language, in non-linguistic perception and cognition, and the relationship between them. It focuses on the various congruencies and incongruencies across different levels of cognitive representation, perceptual, conceptual and linguistic.

(10 entries)

Language of Perception: Overview of Field Tasks

The entries in this section all focus on the language of perception. The first entry “Language of Perception: The view from language and culture” provides an overview of linguistic andMore →

Synaesthesia: A Cross-Cultural Pilot (v. 2)

Synaesthesia is a condition in which stimulation of one sensory modality (e.g. hearing) causes additional experiences in a second, unstimulated modality (e.g. seeing colours). The goal of this task isMore →

Focal Colours

In this task we aim to find what the best exemplars or “focal colours” of each basic colour term is in our field languages. This is an important part ofMore →

Language of Perception: The View From Language and Culture

This entry provides an overview of some linguistic phenomena pertinent to the “language of perception”, and is a necessary companion to the elicitation tasks later in the field manual. TheMore →

The Language of Sound: II

The task is designed to elicit vocabulary for simple sounds. The primary goal is to establish how people describe sound and what resources the language provides generally for encoding thisMore →

Constructions in ‘Language and Perception’

This field guide is for eliciting information about grammatical resources used in describing perceptual events and perception-based properties and states. A list of leading questions outlines an underlying semantic spaceMore →

Emotion Concepts

The goal of this task is to investigate emotional categories across linguistic and cultural boundaries. There are three core tasks. In order to conduct this task you will need emotionalMore →

The Language of Vision I: Colour

The task is designed to elicit vocabulary for colour using a subset of the Munsell chips from the World Colour Survey. The primary goal is to establish how people talkMore →

Folk Definitions of Ideophones

Ideophones are marked words that depict sensory imagery, for example English hippety-hoppety ‘in a limping and hobbling manner’ or Siwu mukumuku ‘mouth movements of a toothless person eating’. They typicallyMore →

Ethnography of the Senses

This entry provides some orientation and task suggestions on how to explore the perceptual world of your field site and the interaction between the cultural world and the sensory lexiconMore →