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

Volume — 2001 (15 entries)

Motionland Films (v. 2): Referential Communication Task with Motionland Stimulus

How do languages express ideas of movement, and how do they package different components of moving, such as manner and path? This task supports detailed investigation of motion descriptions. TheMore →

Caused Positions

What kinds of resources do languages have for describing location and position? For some languages, verbs have an important role to play in describing different kinds of situations (e.g., whetherMore →

Staged Events

The term “event” is a controversial concept, and the “same” activity or situation can be linguistically encoded in many different ways. The aim of this task is to explore featuresMore →

Demonstratives in Context

Demonstratives (e.g., words such as this and that in English) pivot on relationships between the item being talked about, and features of the speech act situation (e.g., where the speakerMore →

Toponym Questionnaire

Place-names (toponyms) are at the intersection of spatial language, culture, and cognition. This questionnaire prepares the researcher to answer three overarching questions: how to formally identify place-names in the researchMore →


This task investigates the extensional meaning of body part terms, in particular the terms for the upper and lower limbs. Two questions are addressed, namely (i) are the boundaries ofMore →

Recognitional Deixis

“Recognitional” words and constructions enshrine our systematic reliance on shared knowledge in dedicated morphological forms and usage patterns. For example, English has a large range of terms for use whenMore →

Event Triads

Judgments we make about how similar or different events are to each other can reveal the features we find useful in classifying the world. This task is designed to investigateMore →

Locally-Anchored Spatial Gestures (v. 2)

Gesture is an integral part of face-to-face communication, and provides a rich area for cross-cultural comparison. “Locally-anchored spatial gestures” are gestures that are roughly oriented to the actual geographical directionMore →

Ethnography of Pointing

Pointing gestures are recognised to be a primary manifestation of human social cognition and communicative capacity. The goal of this task is to collect empirical descriptions of pointing practices inMore →