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

Demonstratives (4 entries)

The demonstratives project investigates the exophoric semantics of demonstratives in relation to multiple deictic parameters, including: concurrent pointing; referent location; social and physical boundaries; and the visibility and discourse status of the referent.

(4 entries)

1999 Demonstrative Questionnaire: “This” and “That” in Comparative Perspective

Demonstrative terms (e.g., this and that) are key to understanding how a language constructs and interprets spatial relationships. They are tricky to pin down, typically having functions that do notMore →

Eliciting Contrastive Use of Demonstratives for Objects Within Close Personal Space

Contrastive reference, where a speaker presents or identifies one item in explicit contrast to another (I like this book but that one is boring), has special communicative and information structureMore →

Deixis and Demonstratives

Demonstratives are key items in understanding how a language constructs and interprets spatial relationships. They are also multi-functional, with applications to non-spatial deictic fields such as time, perception, person andMore →

A Cross-Linguistic Questionnaire on “Demonstratives”

Demonstrative terms (e.g., this and that) are key items in understanding how a language constructs and interprets spatial relationships. This in-depth questionnaire explores how demonstratives (and similar spatial deixis forms)More →