Language as key to perceptual diversity: an interdisciplinary approach to the senses

Projekt: Forskning


This project will open up new horizons in the human sciences by providing scientific access to human diversity. It does so by situating field linguists at the center of an interdisciplinary research framework in which language expertise provides the crucial point of connection between researchers and lesser-known speech communities and knowledge systems. The project explores human perception, a field in which recent research hints at considerable but still poorly understood variation across human languages and cultures. To this end, the project brings together a unique and highly qualified team representing Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Geoscience and History of Religion to investigate language of perception in three diverse Language Observatories. Combining well-established methods with novel ones, the research focuses on two fundamental and interrelated arenas of perception: landscape and ritual. Acknowledging that language provides a window on both cognition and culture, the project bridges the gap between psychological and cultural approaches to the senses. The results will speak to a wide audience of perception specialists in different fields, as well as the general public. The program promises to establish the language sciences and humanities at large as key players in interdisciplinary initiatives involving diverse branches of science.
Kort titelLanguage as key to perceptual diversity
Gällande start-/slutdatum2016/03/012021/02/28


  • Lunds universitet (ansvarig)
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • University of Zurich
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Niclas Burenhult - Humanistlaboratoriet (PI)
  • Majid, Asifa - Radboud University Nijmegen (CoI)
  • van Putten, Saskia - Radboud University Nijmegen (Forskare)
  • Purves, Ross - University of Zurich (CoI)
  • Rothstein, Mikael - University of Southern Denmark (CoI)
  • Sercombe, Peter - University of Newcastle upon Tyne (CoI)

Relaterad forskningsoutput

Niclas Burenhult, 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Language of Hunter-Gatherers. Güldemann, T., McConvell, P. & Rhodes, R. A. (red.). Cambridge University Press

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/Conference proceedingKapitel samlingsverk

Nicole Kruspe & Niclas Burenhult, 2019, The social dynamics of pronominal systems: A comparative approach. Bouissac, P. (red.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, s. 289-317 (Pragmatics and Beyond New Series; vol. 304).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/Conference proceedingKapitel samlingsverk

Majid, A., Niclas Burenhult, Marcus Stensmyr, de Valk, J. & Hansson, B. S., 2018 jun 18, I : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 373, 1752

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

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Relaterade aktiviteter

Burenhult, N. (organisatör)
2019 jun 32019 jun 6

Aktivitet: Deltagit i eller arrangerat evenemangArrangerat workshop/ seminarium/ kurs

Jens Larsson (presentatör), Burenhult, N. (presentatör), Kruspe, N. (medverkande)
2019 mar 1

Aktivitet: Deltagit i eller arrangerat evenemangDeltagit i konferens

Burenhult, N. (huvudtalare)
2017 dec 15

Aktivitet: Deltagit i eller arrangerat evenemangDeltagit i konferens

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