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

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, phrased and justified will be taken as the basis for researching reasoning processes that manifest themselves verbally in the speakers’ arguments put forward to solve a number of moral problems which will be presented to them in the form of unfinished story plots or scenarios that ask for a solution. The plots chosen attempt to present common problems in human society and human behaviour. They should function to elicit moral discussion and/or moral arguments in groups of consultants of at least three persons.

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Senft, Gunter. 2003. Reasoning in language. In N.J. Enfield (ed.), Field Research Manual 2003, part I: multimodal interaction, Space, event representation, 28-30. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.