Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Gunter Senft

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.

(5 entries)

The Language of Olfaction

What resources do languages have for describing smells? Is there dedicated vocabulary for encoding olfaction, and if so what are the types of distinctions that are encoded? And, finally, howMore →

The Language of Taste

The underlying physiology of taste is far better understood than that of smell. There are five types of receptor, namely for sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami (glutamic acid). InMore →

Emotion Categories in Language and Thought

Emotion has been a core domain for investigating the relative roles of biology and culture in human cognition. The goal is to investigate cross-cultural emotional categories in language and thought.More →


Expressives are a distinct class of words which denote sensory perceptions of the speaker; describing visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, haptic, emotional or other types of perceptions in relation to particularMore →

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 →