Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Ewelina Wnuk

Topic — lexicon (23 entries)

Space in Australian Languages Questionnaire

This questionnaire is designed to explore how spatial relations are encoded in Australian language, but may be of interest to researchers further afield.

Topological Relations Pictures: Static Relations

The precursor to the Bowped stimuli, this entry suggests various spatial configurations to explore using real objects, rather than the line drawings used in Bowped.

Topological Relations Pictures: Topological Paths

This entry suggests ways to elicit descriptions of caused motion involving topological relations (the domain of English put IN/ON/TOGETHER, take OUT/OFF/APART, etc.). There is a large amount of cross-linguistic variationMore →

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 →

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 →

‘Logical’ Connectives in Natural Language: A First Questionnaire

It has been hypothesised that human reasoning has a non-linguistic foundation, but is nevertheless influenced by the formal means available in a language. For example, Western logic is transparently relatedMore →

Deixis and Demonstratives

Demonstratives are key items in understanding how a language constructs and interprets spatial relationships. They are also multi-functional, with applications to non-spatial deictic fields such as time, perception, person andMore →

A Questionnaire On: Motion Lexicalisation and Motion Description

How do languages express ideas of movement, and how do they package features that can be part of motion, such as path and cause? This questionnaire is used to gainMore →

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 →

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 →