Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by the ≠Akhoe Project

Volume — 2003 (14 entries)

Multimodal Interaction in Your Field Site: A Preliminary Investigation

Research on video- and audio-recordings of spontaneous naturally-occurring conversation in English has shown that conversation is a rule-guided, practice-oriented domain that can be investigated for its underlying mechanics or structure.More →

The Diff-Task: A Symmetrical Dyadic Multimodal Interaction Task

This task is a complement to the questionnaire ‘Multimodal interaction in your field site: a preliminary investigation’. The objective of the task is to obtain high quality video data onMore →

Multimodal Multiperson Interaction with Infants Aged 9 to 15 Months

Interaction, for all that it has an ethological base, is culturally constituted, and how new social members are enculturated into the interactional practices of the society is of critical interestMore →

Direct Attention and Pointing in Infants: A Cross-Cultural Approach

Recent research suggests that 12-month-old infants in German cultural settings have the motive of sharing their attention to and interest in various events with a social interlocutor. To do so,More →

Reasoning in Language

This project aims to investigate how speakers of various languages in indigenous cultures verbally reason about moral issues. The ways in which a solution for a moral problem is found,More →

‘Fish Traps’ Task

This task is designed to elicit virtual 3D ‘models’ created in gesture space using iconic and other representational gestures. This task has been piloted with Lao speakers, where two speakersMore →

Encoding Shape: Formal Means and Semantic Distinctions

The basic idea behind this task is to find out how languages encode basic shape distinctions such as dimensionality, axial geometry, relative size, etc. More specifically, we want to findMore →

Landscape Terms and Place Names Questionnaire

Landscape terms reflect the relationship between geographic reality and human cognition. Are ‘mountains’, ‘rivers, ‘lakes’ and the like universally recognised in languages as naturally salient objects to be named? TheMore →

Interview on Kinship

We want to know how people think about their field of kin, on the supposition that it is quasi-spatial. To get some insights here, we need to video a discussionMore →

Body Colouring Task

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 →