Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Gertie Hoymann

Volume — 1992 (5 entries)

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 →

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.

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 →

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 →

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.