Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Daniel Haun

Volume — 2007 (15 entries)

Language of Perception: Overview of Field Tasks

The entries in this section all focus on the language of perception. The first entry “Language of Perception: The view from language and culture” provides an overview of linguistic andMore →

Language of Perception: The View From Language and Culture

This entry provides an overview of some linguistic phenomena pertinent to the “language of perception”, and is a necessary companion to the elicitation tasks later in the field manual. TheMore →

The Language of Vision I: Colour

The task is designed to elicit vocabulary for colour using a subset of the Munsell chips from the World Colour Survey. The primary goal is to establish how people talkMore →

The Language of Vision II: Shape

We are interested to find how, and to what extent, your language makes shape distinctions. This area of visual experience is in principle “effable” in the sense that a childMore →

The Language of Sound

This task explores natural, non-expert, metalanguage for sounds in the language under study. In English, for example, sound metalanguage is quite rich. We talk about unpleasant sounds as noise (inMore →

The Language of Touch

Newborn infants learn about the world around them through touch. Piaget famously noted the importance of manual and oral exploration of objects for developing spatial cognition and knowledge of theMore →

The Language of Olfaction

What resources do languages have for describing smells? Is there dedicated vocabulary for encoding olfaction, and if so what are the types of distinctions that are encoded? And, finally, howMore →

The Language of Taste

The underlying physiology of taste is far better understood than that of smell. There are five types of receptor, namely for sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami (glutamic acid). InMore →

Emotion Categories in Language and Thought

Emotion has been a core domain for investigating the relative roles of biology and culture in human cognition. The goal is to investigate cross-cultural emotional categories in language and thought.More →

Expressives

Expressives are a distinct class of words which denote sensory perceptions of the speaker; describing visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, haptic, emotional or other types of perceptions in relation to particularMore →