Mark Dingemanse -
Welcome to my home page. I do fieldwork-based research in Ghana, West-Africa, contributing to the Human Sociality and System of Language Use project affiliated with the Language and Cognition department. My research focuses on Siwu, a language spoken by approximately fifteen thousand Mawu people in Akpafu and Lolobi in Ghana's Volta Region.
My research interests include the interplay of language, culture, and cognition, the study of meaning as it emerges in situated interaction, and the relation between everyday language and verbal art. Apart from the HSSLU project I am currently involved in the research projects on language and perception, ideophones and sound-symbolism, and synaesthesia across cultures.
My PhD thesis was on the meaning and use of ideophones in Siwu. Take a look at the online supplementary materials to hear some examples or to download the thesis.
Head over to my weblog The Ideophone for some light reading on African languages, sound symbolism, and a wide range of other topics.