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Updated Info: #Rstats, CLAN, Research Method Readings, and various Tools for Psycholinguistics

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.

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!

Sonja Eisenbeiss

YouTube Playlists and Channels for Psycholinguistics, Fieldwork, and Language Documentation

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:



Useful videos and playlists for psycholinguistics, fieldwork, and language documentation – and many other areas of linguistics – can also be found here:

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!

Sonja Eisenbeiss

P.S.: There are also some video play lists about permacultue & sustainable systems and some video play lists about bees and nature gardens.

Endangered Languages, Language Documentation, and Language Revitalization: Resources and Readings

Information about the World’s Languages and their Status

In German

Länderdaten und Amtssprachen (


Organizations and Institutes with a Focus on Endangered Languages, Language Documentation, or Revitalization





  • 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






Endangered Languages in Germany



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


Resource Updates: R and #Statistics (#rstats), #OpenScience, #Multilingualism, #Ethics

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.

Sonja Eisenbeiss

new on the Stats page: Cooking with R


#Linguistics Resources for Studies on Possessive Constructions

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“).


Project Webpages

World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) , with several chapters and maps about possessive constructions


Manchester Database for English and Swedish Adnominal Possessives


The Prominent Possessor Project


Core References

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

Why we need large language samples for cross-linguistic psycholinguistic research

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:


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.

Journal Webpage:

downloadable preprint:


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!