Dear users of these pages,
While I was working on my class handouts and some publications, I updated this resource webpage. In particular, I added material to these pages: Most of the additions involve materials written in English, but there are some new sections in my lists of materials and links that involve German materials that I have collected for my teaching in Germany.
- Statistics and R (#rstats)
- The child language database CHILDES, its new connection to the programming language and statistics tool R, and its own tool CLAN
- Readings on:
You can also check my YouTube account for updated playlists with videos on psycholinguistic research methods, fieldwork & language documentation, endangered languages, and language acquisition. Some of the playlists contain English videos, others consist of German videos. My previous blogpost contains a list of these playlists plus more playlists created by other users.
I hope you will find the new information useful and would appreciate any suggestions!
I have created some playlists for my YouTube account. They contain English or German videos that I have found useful for my teaching or for my own training. Some of these videos are short and can be used in class, others are longer and would be good for self-study, for follow-up activities or as a preparation for class:
- Psycholinguistic Research Methods
- Child Language Development
- Linguistic Fieldwork & Language Documentation
- Endangered Languages
- Linguistic Relativity
- Spracherwerb und Mehrsprachigkeit
- Methoden in der Psycholinguistik und Spracherwerbsforschung
- Bedrohte Sprachen
Useful videos and playlists for psycholinguistics, fieldwork, and language documentation – and many other areas of linguistics – can also be found here:
- The Linguistic Society of America: https://www.youtube.com/user/LingSocAm
- The Ling Space: https://www.youtube.com/user/thelingspace
- The Virtual Linguistics Campus: https://www.youtube.com/user/LinguisticsMarburg
- Lingthusiasm: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy2qzzv5E9SNTpa90CqfkZA
And if you want to see how videos or songs for children can use (i) frames for the presentation of words and (ii) an interesting combination of attention-catching animal sounds and the “real” animal names, you can check out my playlist with many different language versions of an animal name song for children. I find this very useful for psycholinguistics teaching as it is an engaging prompt for discussions about the use of babywords, repetition, and variation in child-directed speech, but be warned: You might find this hard to get out of your head.
Enjoy the videos!
P.S.: There are also some video play lists about permacultue & sustainable systems and some video play lists about bees and nature gardens.
Information about the World’s Languages and their Status
- Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook ( CIA, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/402.html )
- Ethnologue (https://www.ethnologue.com/)
- Language education policies for particular languages and regions http://www.languageeducationpolicy.org
- SIL interactive map of Languages of the World (https://www.sil.org/worldwide)
- The Glottolog (https://glottolog.org/ )
- The map provided by the Endangered Languages Project of the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity (http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/
- The UNESCO Atlas of Endangered Languages (http://www.unesco.org/languages-atlas/)
- WALS: World Atlas of Language Structures (https://wals.info/)
Länderdaten und Amtssprachen ( https://www.laenderdaten.de/staat/amtssprachen.aspx)
Organizations and Institutes with a Focus on Endangered Languages, Language Documentation, or Revitalization
- The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (Australia, http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/home/)
- The Christian SIL organization (originally “Summer Institute for Linguistics”, https://www.sil.org/)
- The Endangered Language Alliance (http://elalliance.org/)
- The Endangered Languages Documentation Program, funding projects on endangered languages (UK, ELDP, https://www.eldp.net/), resulting from the Hans Rausing Endangered Language Project (HRELP).
- The Endangered Languages Project of the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity (http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/).
- The Foundation for Endangered Languages (http://www.ogmios.org)
- The Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation (Centro Interdisciplinar de Documentação Linguística e Social; http://www.cidles.eu/)
- The International Centre for Language Revitalisation (Australia, http://www.teipukarea.maori.nz/the-centre/)
- The Language Documentation Training Center (LDTC) at the University of Hawaii (http://ling.hawaii.edu/ldtc/)
- The Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages (https://livingtongues.org/ )
- The National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages program (USA, https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12816)
- The Research Network for Linguistic Diversity (http://www.rnld.org/ )
- The Society for endangered Languages (Germany, http://gbs.uni-koeln.de/wordpress/index.php/en/news/ )
- The Volkswagen Foundation program funding projects that document endangered languages (Germany, DOBES, http://dobes.mpi.nl/)
- The Wikitongues public language materials archive (https://wikitongues.org/)
- Austin, P. K; & Sallabank, J. (2011). Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Crystal, D. (2000). Language death. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Evans, N. (2011). Dying words: Endangered languages and what they have to tell us (Vol. 22). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
- Grenoble, Lenore A. & Lindsay J. Whaley (eds.) (1998). Endangered Languages: current issues and future prospects. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Hale, K, Krauss, M. W, Watamahogie, L., Yamamoto, A., Craig, C., Jeanne, L.M., & England, N. (1992). Endangered Languages. Language 68.1-42.
- Krauss, M. (1992). The world’s languages in crisis. Language, 68(1), 4-10.
- Nettle, D., & Romaine, S. (2000). Vanishing voices: the extinction of the world’s languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Pereltsvaig, A. (2012) Languages of the world: an introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Assessment of Language Status
- Fishman, J. (1991). Reversing Language Shift. Clevendon: Multilingual Matters.
- Lewis, M. P., & Simons, G. F. (2010). Assessing endangerment: expanding Fishman’s GIDS. Revue roumaine de linguistique, 55(2), 103-120.
- Special Issue 2011 of the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development:
- Language Documentation and Conservation (https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/312 )
- Language Documentation and Description (http://www.elpublishing.org/publications/ )
- Foundation for Endangered Languages
- Research Network for Linguistic Diversity
- David Harrison’s Bibliography
- Bolanle Arokoyos’ Bibliography
Endangered Languages in Germany
- Verein Nordfriesisches Institut
- Institut für Niederdeutsche Sprache
- Deutscher Bundestag: Zur Situation von Regional-und Minderheitensprachen in Deutsch-land
This list of links and readings was compiled for my current module on multilingualism. It contains materials from my own earlier resource lists, plus suggestions from
- my students, Giulia Asbeck, Laura Meyer, Jarno Willems, Judit Greiner, Frimah Karimi, Lukas Laureck, Hanna Maurer, and Jana Schmelzer
- my office companions Gabriele Schwiertz and Isabel Compes,
- my colleagues in Birgit Hellwig’s project on children’s acquisition of Qaquet (PNG).
It is time to get tutorials and reading lists ready for the summer research period and the preparation of teaching in the fall. Thus, I have updated some lists of readings and resources and would like to share them. Any suggestions for further additions are more than welcome. I have added little bits here and there on this site, but major additions can be found here:
Enjoy reading and playing with your software and data.
new on the Stats page: Cooking with R
I am currently planning my new autumn/winter course on possessive constructions at the University of Cologne. The course will use experimental and corpus data to compare adnominal, predicative, and external possessive constructions cross-linguistically. It will also discuss the processing and acquisition of possessive constructions as well as language change. The starting point will be the project pages and references below. I am grateful for any pointers to further resources and will post further materials on this blog (as I have done for my recent course on “Psycholinguistics in the Field“).
World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS)
http://wals.info/ , with several chapters and maps about possessive constructions
Manchester Database for English and Swedish Adnominal Possessives
The Prominent Possessor Project
Börjars, K., Denison, D., & Scott, A. (Eds.) (2013). Morphosyntactic categories and the expression of possession. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Heine, B. (2006). Possession: Cognitive sources, forces, and grammaticalization. Cambidge: Cambridge University Press.
McGregor, W. (2009). The expression of possession. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
Seiler, H. (1983). Possession as an operational dimension of language. Tübingen: Narr
Taylor, J. R. (1996). Possessives in English: An exploration in cognitive grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
For further reading lists, in particular for research methods and tools, see https://experimentalfieldlinguistics.wordpress.com/
Our new article on linguistic relativity and statistical issues in cross-linguistic studies has just appeared in the journal Cognitive Semantics:
Satellite- vs. Verb-Framing Underpredicts Nonverbal Motion Categorization: Insights from a Large Language Sample and Simulations
Montero-Melis, Guillermo and Eisenbeiss, Sonja and Narasimhan, Bhuvana and Ibarretxe-Antuñano, Iraide and Kita, Sotaro and Kopecka, Anetta and Lüpke, Friederike and Nikitina, Tatiana and Tragel, Ilona and Florian Jaeger, T. and Bohnemeyer, Juergen, Cognitive Semantics, 3, 36-61 (2017), DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/23526416-00301002
Is motion cognition influenced by the large-scale typological patterns proposed in Talmy’s (2000) two-way distinction between verb-framed (V) and satellite-framed (S) languages? Previous studies investigating this question have been limited to comparing two or three languages at a time and have come to conflicting results. We present the largest cross-linguistic study on this question to date, drawing on data from nineteen genealogically diverse languages, all investigated in the same behavioral paradigm and using the same stimuli. After controlling for the different dependencies in the data by means of multilevel regression models, we find no evidence that S- vs. V-framing affects nonverbal categorization of motion events. At the same time, statistical simulations suggest that our study and previous work within the same behavioral paradigm suffer from insufficient statistical power. We discuss these findings in the light of the great variability between participants, which suggests flexibility in motion representation. Furthermore, we discuss the importance of accounting for language variability, something which can only be achieved with large cross-linguistic samples.
downloadable preprint: https://www.academia.edu/29808551/Satellite-_vs._verb-framing_underpredicts_nonverbal_motion_categorization_Insights_from_a_large_language_sample_and_simulations._Cognitive_Semantics._UPDATED_11_29_16_with_minor_cuts_for_proofs_
One of the issues we discussed in this article is the need to achieve enough statistical power for experimental studies in psycholinguistics. This issue is debated by a lot of researchers at the moment, see e.g. recent work by Shravan Vasishth and colleagues – and references cited in these two publications:
Shravan Vasishth and Andrew Gelman. The Illusion of Power: How the statistical significance filter leads to overconfident expectations of replicability. Submitted to conference: Cognitive Science, London, UK, 2017. [ http ]
Matuschek, Hannes, Reinhold Kliegl, Shravan Vasishth, Harald Baayen, and Douglas Bates. “Balancing Type I error and power in linear mixed models.” Journal of Memory and Language 94 (2017): 305-315.
I will soon update my stats pages with more papers discussing statistical modeling, power, etc. Thus, please keep the suggestions coming
Happy experimenting in the field or lab – or field lab!