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

Space project (36 entries)

The Space project investigates how people talk about and understand space in large-scale space for navigation and small-scale space for locating objects, and how space structures our understanding of other domains, such as time.

(10 entries)

Bloxes: An Interactive Task for the Elicitation of Dimensional Expressions

“Dimensional expressions” single out and describe one symmetric axis of a 1D, 2D, or 3D object (e.g., The road is long). “Bloxes” is an interactive, object-matching task that elicits descriptionsMore →

Background Questions for the “Enter”/”Exit” Research

How do languages encode different kinds of movement, and what features do people pay attention to when describing motion events? This document outlines topics concerning the investigation of “enter” andMore →

Suggestions for Field Research on Dimensional Expressions

The aim of this task is to explore the linguistic expression of “dimensions” — e.g., the height, width or depth — of objects in the world around us. In aMore →

Pilot Questionnaire to Investigate Social Uses of Space

Day-to-day interpretations of “space” are enmeshed in specific cultural and linguistic practices. For example, many cultures have an association between vertical height and social standing; more powerful people may beMore →

Motion Verb Stimulus (Moverb)

How do languages express ideas of movement, and how do they package different components of this domain, such as manner and path of motion? This task uses one large setMore →

Towards a Socio-Cultural Profile of the Communities We Work With

Field data are drawn from a particular speech community at a certain place and time. The intent of this survey is to enrich understanding of the various socio-cultural contexts inMore →

Time and Space Questionnaire

This entry contains: 1. An invitation to think about to what extent the grammar of space and time share lexical and morphosyntactic resources − the suggestions here are only prompts,More →

Man and Tree & Space Games

These classic tasks can be used to explore spatial reference in field settings. They provide a language-independent metric for eliciting spatial language, using a “director-matcher” paradigm. The Man and TreeMore →

Demonstratives in Context

Demonstratives (e.g., words such as this and that in English) pivot on relationships between the item being talked about, and features of the speech act situation (e.g., where the speakerMore →

Preliminary ‘Come’ and ‘Go’ Questionnaire

The encoding of apparently ‘simple’ movement concepts such as ‘COME’ and ‘GO’ can differ widely across languages (e.g., in regard to specifying direction of motion relative to the speaker). ThisMore →