Language and Cognition -
The Language and Cognition group maintains a number of field sites around the world (listed below), where languages are described often for the first time. The research involves language description from the ground up: developing a writing system, producing grammars and dictionaries, and the collection of video- and audiotape so that it can be transcribed and annotated as a permanent record in the institute's archives.
Expertise is also maintained in the following languages, both within the group and through external collaboration:
American Sign Language, Argentine Sign Language, Avatime, Biak, British Sign Language, Cantonese, Cha'palaa, Chintang, Cross-Signing, Dalabon, Duna, Dutch, English, Ewe, Farsi, French, German, Guambiano, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Jahai, Jalonke, Japanese, Kalasha, Kri, Kuuk Thaayorre, Lao, Lavukaleve, Likpe, Lowland Chontal, Malay, Mandarin, Maniq, Menggwa Dla, Mian, Miraña, , Moroccan Arabic, Murrinh-Patha, Otomi, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Romansch, Savosavo, Slovak, Spanish, Sranan, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Tidore, Tiriyó, Touo, Turkish, Turkmen, Wa, Yoruba, Yucatec, Yurakaré, Zapotec.