Exploring the Intrinsic Frame of Reference
We can describe the position of one item with respect to another using a number of different ‘frames of reference’. For example, I can use a ‘deictic’ frame that involves the speaker’s viewpoint (The chair is on the far side of the room), or an ‘intrinsic’ frame that involves a feature of one of the items (The chair is at the back of the room). Where more than one frame of reference is available in a language, what motivates the speaker’s choice? This elicitation task is designed to explore when and why people select intrinsic frames of reference, and how these choices interact with non-linguistic problem-solving strategies.
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- Danziger, Eve & Suzanne Gaskins. 1993. Exploring the intrinsic frame of reference. In Stephen C. Levinson (ed.), Cognition and space kit (version 1.0): July 1993, 53-64. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
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