Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Tyko Dirksmeyer

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)

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 →

Picture Series for Positional Verbs: Eliciting the Verbal Component in Locative Descriptions

How do different languages encode location and position meanings? In conjunction with the BowPed picture series and Caused Positions task, this elicitation tool is designed to help researchers (i) identifyMore →

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 →

Enter/Exit Animation for Linguistic Elicitation

This task investigates the expression of “enter” and “exit” events, and is a supplement to the Motion Elicitation task. Consultants are asked to describe a series of animated clips whereMore →

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 →

Pilot Questionnaire to Investigate Social Users 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 →

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 →

Route Descriptions: Interactive Games with Eric’s Maze Task

What are the preferred ways to describe spatial relationships in different linguistic and cultural groups, and how does this interact with non-linguistic spatial awareness? This game was devised as anMore →

Topological Relations (BowPed)

This task is designed to elicit expressions of spatial relations. It was originally designed by Melissa Bowerman for use with young children, but was then developed further by Bowerman inMore →

Suggestions for the 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 →