Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Simeon Floyd

Interactional Foundations of Language (22 entries)

The Interactional Foundations of Language project investigates language in its primordial context — face-to-face conversational interaction — the context in which language is learnt, and predominantly used.

(10 entries)

Multimodal Interaction in Your Field Site: A Preliminary Investigation

Research on video- and audio-recordings of spontaneous naturally-occurring conversation in English has shown that conversation is a rule-guided, practice-oriented domain that can be investigated for its underlying mechanics or structure.More →

The Diff-Task: A Symmetrical Dyadic Multimodal Interaction Task

This task is a complement to the questionnaire ‘Multimodal interaction in your field site: a preliminary investigation’. The objective of the task is to obtain high quality video data onMore →

Multimodal Multiperson Interaction with Infants Aged 9 to 15 Months

Interaction, for all that it has an ethological base, is culturally constituted, and how new social members are enculturated into the interactional practices of the society is of critical interestMore →

Building a Corpus of Multimodal Interaction in your Field Site

Research on video- and audio-recordings of spontaneous naturally-occurring conversation in English has shown that conversation is a rule-guided, practice-oriented domain that can be investigated for its underlying mechanics or structure.More →

Direct Attention and Pointing in Infants: A Cross-Cultural Approach

Recent research suggests that 12-month-old infants in German cultural settings have the motive of sharing their attention to and interest in various events with a social interlocutor. To do so,More →

Initial References to Persons and Places

This task has two parts: (i) video-taped elicitation of the range of possibilities for referring to persons and places, and (ii) observations of (first) references to persons and places inMore →

Reasoning in Language

This project aims to investigate how speakers of various languages in indigenous cultures verbally reason about moral issues. The ways in which a solution for a moral problem is found,More →

Question Sequences in Interaction

When people request information, they have a variety of means for eliciting the information. In English two of the primary resources for eliciting information include asking questions, making statements aboutMore →

Metalanguage for Speech Acts

People of all cultures have some degree of concern with categorizing types of communicative social action. All languages have words with meanings like speak, say, talk, complain, curse, promise, accuse,More →

‘Fish Traps’ Task

This task is designed to elicit virtual 3D ‘models’ created in gesture space using iconic and other representational gestures. This task has been piloted with Lao speakers, where two speakersMore →