Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Gunter Senft

Participation and Posture

Human ethologists have shown that humans are both attracted to others and at the same time fear them. They refer to this kind of fear with the technical term ‘social fear’ and claim that “it is alleviated with personal acquaintance but remains a principle characteristic of interpersonal behaviour. As a result, we maintain various degrees of greater distance between ourselves and others depending on the amount of confidence we have in the other” (Eibl-Eibesfeldt 1989: 335). The goal of this task is to conduct exploratory, heuristic research to establish a new subproject that – based on a corpus of video data – will investigate various forms of human spatial behaviour cross-culturally

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Senft, Gunter. 2004. Participation and posture. In Asifa Majid (ed.), Field Manual Volume 9, 80-82. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
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