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

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)

General Questions About Topological Relations in Adpositions and Cases

The world’s languages encode a diverse range of topological relations. However, cross-linguistic investigation suggests that the relations IN, AT and ON are especially fundamental to the grammaticised expression of space.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 →

Hidden colour-chips task: demonstratives, attention, and interaction

Demonstratives are typically described as encoding degrees of physical distance between the object referred to, and the speaker or addressee. For example, this in English is used to talk aboutMore →

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 →

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 →