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A Multifactorial Analysis of Possessive Structures: Mapping the Interaction of Language, Culture, and Cognition

A Multifactorial Analysis of Possessive Structures: Mapping the Interaction of Language, Culture, and Cognition

Objective

A Multifactorial Analysis of Possessive Structures: Mapping the Interaction of Language, Culture, and Cognition
There is a general consensus in the linguistic community that language is embedded in its cognitive, social, and multimodal dimensions, but these dimensions are often studied in isolation. We propose a novel methodology of linguistic analysis that integrates these interacting dimensions and provide new data on severely under-described languages that are both essential to move beyond the gridlock of polemics in ongoing scientific debates. The MAPS project will not only extend the current knowledge on the interaction of language, culture, and cognition but will also address the urgent issues of preserving the linguistic and cultural heritage of indigenous communities. We precisely measure the impact of three societal factors (assimilation policies, gender, and contact pressure) on language, culture, and cognition within two indigenous linguistic groups: the North Sámi people of Norway, and the Paamese people of Vanuatu. The project will determine whether the three societal factors affect patterns of linguistic change and impact the way of thinking of the two indigenous communities to the extent of potentially redefining their social structure. MAPS embodies the EU’s commitment and values in improving the intercultural integration of both ‘old’ European indigenous minority communities and ‘new’ linguistic group minorities by putting the spotlight on the key role of language policy making and its socio-cognitive-linguistic effects.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

Address

Hansine Hansens Veg 14
9019 Tromso

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 214 158,72

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 845163

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 January 2020

  • End date

    1 January 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 214 158,72

  • EU contribution

    € 214 158,72

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

Norway