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

Topic — gesture (7 entries)

“Locally-Anchored Spatial Gestures”: Historical Description of the Local Environment As a Gesture Elicitation Task

Gesture is an integral part of face-to-face communication, and provides a rich area for cross-cultural comparison. “Locally-anchored spatial gestures” are gestures that are roughly oriented to the actual geographical directionMore →

Folk Definitions of Ideophones

Ideophones are marked words that depict sensory imagery, for example English hippety-hoppety ‘in a limping and hobbling manner’ or Siwu mukumuku ‘mouth movements of a toothless person eating’. They typicallyMore →

‘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 →

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 →

Participation and Posture

Human ethologists have shown that humans are both attracted to others and at the same time fear them. They refer to this kind of fear with the technical term ‘socialMore →

Infant Pointing (9-15 Months) in Different Cultures

There are two tasks for conducting systematic observation of child-caregiver joint attention interactions. Task 1 – a “decorated room” designed to elicit infant and caregiver pointing. Task 2 – videotapedMore →

Ethnography of Pointing – Field Worker’s Guide

Pointing gestures are recognised to be a primary manifestation of human social cognition and communicative capacity. The goal of this task is to collect empirical descriptions of pointing practices inMore →