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I investigate how people use language in everyday life, and how language is shaped by and for social interaction. I study these topics in depth in societies I know well, and I investigate them from a comparative perspective in collaboration with colleagues in Nijmegen and around the world.

Besides my work on language and social interaction, I currently work on the linguistics of depictions: the iconically motivated signs that are as much part of daily language use as the arbitrary words that have long been the bread and butter of linguistics. In support of this work I was awarded a Veni grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. 

Three recent papers:

  • Dingemanse, M., & Akita, K. (2017). An inverse relation between expressiveness and grammatical integration. Journal of Linguistics,doi:10.1017/S002222671600030X. (pdfopen data, abstract)
  • Lockwood, G., Hagoort, P., & Dingemanse, M. (2016). How iconicity helps people learn new words: neural correlates and individual differences in sound-symbolic bootstrapping. Collabra, 2(1): 7. doi: 10.1525/collabra.42. (pdf, open dataabstract)
  • Dingemanse, M., Roberts, S. G., Baranova, J., Blythe, J., Drew, P., Floyd, S., Gisladottir, R. S., Kendrick, K. H., Levinson, S. C., Manrique, E., Rossi, G., & Enfield, N. J. (2015). Universal Principles in the Repair of Communication Problems. PLOS ONE, 10(9): e0136100. (pdf, open dataabstract)

For more details, check out my research page and my publications


Function: Senior Investigator
Member of: Language DevelopmentLanguage and Cognition 
Last checked 2018-03-16

Mark Dingemanse

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands