Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Mark Dingemanse

Event Representation (22 entries)

The Event Representation project explores event packaging across languages and in language acquisition.

(10 entries)

Staged Events

The term “event” is a controversial concept, and the “same” activity or situation can be linguistically encoded in many different ways. The aim of this task is to explore featuresMore →

Event Triads

Judgments we make about how similar or different events are to each other can reveal the features we find useful in classifying the world. This task is designed to investigateMore →

The ECOM Clips: A Stimulus for The Linguistic Coding of Event Complexity

How do we decide where events begin and end? In some languages it makes sense to say something like Dan broke the plate, but in other languages it is necessaryMore →

A Questionnaire on Event Integration

How do we decide where events begin and end? Like the ECOM clips, this questionnaire is designed to investigate how a language divides and/or integrates complex scenarios into sub-events andMore →

A Questionnaire On: Motion Lexicalisation and Motion Description

How do languages express ideas of movement, and how do they package features that can be part of motion, such as path and cause? This questionnaire is used to gainMore →

Cut and Break Clips

How do different languages treat a particular semantic domain? It has already been established that languages have widely varied words for talking about “cutting” and “breaking” things: for example, EnglishMore →

Put Project: The Cross-Linguistic Encoding of Placement Events

How similar are the event concepts encoded by different languages? So far, few event domains have been investigated in any detail. The PUT project extends the systematic cross-linguistic exploration ofMore →

Reciprocal Constructions and Situation Type

Expressions like ‘John and Mary embraced (each other)’ represent complex situations where symmetry entails that each participant plays each of the two semantic roles (John embraced Mary, and Mary embracedMore →

Kids’ Cut & Break

Kids’ Cut & Break is a task inspired by the original Cut & Break task (see MPI L&C Group Field Manual 2001), but designed for use with children as wellMore →

Folk Theories of Objects in Motion

There are three main strands of research which have investigated people’s intuitive knowledge of objects in motion. (1) Knowledge of the trajectories of objects in motion; (2) knowledge of theMore →