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

Landscape Terms and Place Names Elicitation Guide

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? The landscape subproject is concerned with the interrelation between language, cognition and geography. Specifically, it investigates issues relating to how landforms are categorised cross-linguistically as well as the characteristics of place naming.

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Bohnemeyer, Jürgen, Niclas Burenhult, N.J. Enfield & Stephen C. Levinson. 2004. Landscape terms and place names elicitation guide. In Asifa Majid (ed.), Field Manual Volume 9, 75-79. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
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