Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by the ≠Akhoe Project

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)

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 →

Language of Perception: Views From Anthropology

The senses are not only physiological phenomena, but they are also linguistic, cultural, and social. The goal of this task is to explore and describe sociocultural patterns relating language of perception, ideologies of perception, and perceptual practice in our speech communities.

The Language of Vision II: Shape

We are interested to find how, and to what extent, your language makes shape distinctions. This area of visual experience is in principle “effable” in the sense that a childMore →

The Ethnography of Emotions: A Field Worker’s Guide

The goal of this task is to investigate cross-cultural emotion categories in language and thought. This entry is designed to provide researchers with some guidelines to describe the emotional repertoireMore →

Synaesthesia: A Cross-Cultural Pilot (v. 1)

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 →

The Language of Sound

This task explores natural, non-expert, metalanguage for sounds in the language under study. In English, for example, sound metalanguage is quite rich. We talk about unpleasant sounds as noise (inMore →

Semplates: A Guide to Identification and Elicitation

Semplates are a new descriptive and theoretical concept in lexical semantics, borne out of recent L&C work in several domains. A semplate can be defined as a configuration consisting ofMore →

Time and Space Questionnaire

This entry contains: 1. An invitation to think about to what extent the grammar of space and time share lexical and morphosyntactic resources − the suggestions here are only prompts,More →

The Language of Touch

Newborn infants learn about the world around them through touch. Piaget famously noted the importance of manual and oral exploration of objects for developing spatial cognition and knowledge of theMore →

Time in Space

How do different languages and cultures conceptualise time? This question is part of a broader set of questions about how humans come to represent and reason about abstract entities –More →