Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Olivier le Guen

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.


Field Manual entry
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Stimulus materials
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How to cite this resource?

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.

Volume 1993 , filed under Space project.