Aims of the Project
This five-year project will build a detailed, comprehensive and cross-linguistically valid model of how social cognition is supported by a diverse range of the world’s grammars. Besides systematising already-recorded material in a novel synthesis, we will gather detailed new data on a dozen languages, primarily in the Western Pacific region, develop new field tools for investigating social cognition in grammar, examine how language-specific grammatical categories in the social realm evolve from speech, often reflecting specific cultural concerns, and develop a representational system capable of modelling all relevant categories, in a way that will allow their integration into more formal linguistic models, with potential benefits for areas such as computational linguistics and artificial intelligence.
- The Australian National University
- Griffith University
- The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
- The University of Melbourne
This project is supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project 0878126, and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.