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

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 features of event representation in the language of study, in particular, multi-verb constructions, event typicality, and event complexity. The task consists of a description and recollection task using film stimuli, and a subsequent re-enactment of certain scenes by other participants on the basis of these descriptions. The first part of the task collects elaborate and concise descriptions of complex events in order to examine how these are segmented into macro-events, what kind of information is expressed, and how the information is ordered. The re-enactment task is designed to examine what features of the scenes are stereotypically implied.


Field Manual entry
Staged Events (1.61 MB)
Stimulus materials
2001 Staged Events 1a (119.77 MB)
2001 Staged Events 1b (125.05 MB)
2001 Staged Events 2a (174.85 MB)
2001 Staged Events 2b (188.07 MB)
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van Staden, Miriam, Gunter Senft, N. J. Enfield & Jürgen Bohnemeyer. 2001. Staged events. In Stephen C. Levinson & N. J. Enfield (eds.), Manual for the field season 2001, 115-125. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

Volume 2001 , filed under Event Representation.