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

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 →