Max Planck Institute
for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics

Typological tools for field linguistics


Typological Aspects of Figurative Language

The goal of this questionnaire is to obtain an overview of metaphorical expressions in a wide variety of the world's languages, in order to seek out universalities and diversities in the domain of figurative language. The questionnaire may be filled out in varying degrees of detail. Realistic response times might vary from half an hour to a few hours. The questionnaire is currently available in English, Indonesian and Portuguese versions, for use by linguists in different contact-language situations.

The questionnaire
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Developed by
David Gil and Yeshayahu Shen