Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Stephen C. Levinson


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 of these body parts universal, guided by proposed universals of object recognition? (ii) How can we compare the extensional meanings of body part terms within and across different systems of nomenclature? Consultants receive booklets with line drawings of a body and are asked to colour in specific parts of the body.


This entry has been superceded by the 2003 version.

How to cite this resource?

Enfield, N.J. 2001. Body. In Stephen C. Levinson & N.J. Enfield (eds.), Manual for the field season 2001, 62-77. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

Volume 2001 , filed under Space project.