Members of the MPI for Psycholinguistics are researching the interrelationship between language, cognition and the
conceptualization of space in various languages. Research results show that there are three frames of spatial reference, the
absolute, the relative, and the intrinsic frame of reference. This study first presents results of this research in general and then
discusses the results for Kilivila. Speakers of this Austronesian language prefer the intrinsic frame of reference for the location
of objects with respect to each other in a given spatial configuration. But they prefer an absolute frame of reference system in
referring to the spatial orientation of objects in a given spatial configuration. Moreover, the hypothesis is confirmed that
languages seem to influence the choice and the kind of conceptual parameters their speakers use to solve non-verbal problems
within the domain of space.
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