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Title:Motionland route description video stimulus task
Lowland Chontal Documentation
Contributor (consultant):francisco
Description:Route description task, in which one person or team describes the antics of a ball that rolls up, around, and over features of a highly stylized video landscape, and a second person or team attempts to trace this route on a paper copy of that landscape. This task was developed at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen to elicit cross-linguistic descriptions of route descriptions.
The Lowland Chontal Documentation project began as a dissertation project at the University of California at Santa Barbara (1997-2001), continued at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (2002-2004), and was finished through a post-doctoral research grant funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (2004-2007). The goals of the dissertation research were (1) to investigate the formal, semantic, and discourse-functional profiles of predicates used to describe events of change of location, change of position, and change of state, and (2) to produce a grammatical sketch of the language in a descriptive and discourse-functional framework. The post-doctoral documentation project encompassed both linguistic and anthropological investigation. The goals of this larger project were (1) to produce a Chontal-English-Spanish dictionary, (2) to produce a comprehensive description of the grammar of Lowland Chontal, (3) to document the cultural heritage of the Chontalpa with respect to the land itself, and (4) to create an electronic archive of all audio and video materials and related texts.
Route description task. A small group of skilled and semi-skilled speakers tries to describe the winding trajectory of a ball up, around, and over features of a highly stylized video landscape, while an enthusiastic young semi-speaker does his best to trace the route on a paper copy of that landscape. This was boring for the speakers and unsuccessful as a tool, so the elicitation task was abandoned. The older, skilled speakers could not see the screen well, nor could they relate what they were seeing as a "landscape".
Publisher:Loretta O'Connor
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics; Volkswagen Foundation
motion verbs
Lowland Oaxaca Chontal language
Chontal de Oaxaca - Costa
Spanish language
Subject (ISO639):clo


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Citation: francisco (consultant); anacleto (consultant); andrés (consultant); simón (consultant); loretta; marilut (consultant); gilda (consultant). 2002-07-19. Loretta O'Connor.
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