Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Penelope Brown

Story Book Stimulus for The Elicitation of External Possessor Constructions and Dative Constructions (“The Circle of Dirt”)

How involved in an event is a person that possesses one of the event participants? Some languages can treat such “external possessors” as very closely involved, even marking them on the verb along with core roles such as subject and object. Other languages only allow possessors to be expressed as non-core participants. This task explores possibilities for the encoding of possessors and other related roles such as beneficiaries. The materials consist of a sequence of thirty drawings designed to elicit target construction types.


Field Manual entry
Story Book Stimulus The Circle Of Dirt (209.31 kB)

Stimulus materials
Story Book Booklet (705.1 kB)

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Eisenbeiss, Sonja, Bill McGregor & Claudia Maria Schmidt. 1999. Story book stimulus for the elicitation of external possessor constructions and dative constructions ('the circle of dirt'). In David Wilkins (ed.), Manual for the 1999 Field Season, 140-144. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

Volume 1999 , filed under Event Representation.