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I study how language is shaped by and for social interaction. My work is comparative, cross-cultural, and collaborative: I do fieldwork and experiments in societies I know well, and work together with interdisciplinary teams in Nijmegen and around the world.

My main focus in 2015-2018 is 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. This work is supported by a Veni grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. 

In the period 2018-2023 I will be leading a collaborative research project on pragmatics, error-tolerance and complexity in language. Building on my prior work in pragmatic typology and repair, this project will combine cross-cultural, experimental and computational methods. Support comes from a Vidi grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research as well as from collaborations with the Language in Interaction consortium.

Some recent work:

  • Dingemanse, M. (2018). Redrawing the margins of language: lessons from research on ideophones. Glossa: a Journal of General Linguistics, 3(1): 4. doi:10.5334/gjgl.444. (pdfabstract)
  • Fusaroli, R., Tylén, K., Garly, K., Steensig, J., Christiansen, M. H., & Dingemanse, M. (2017). Measures and mechanisms of common ground: Backchannels, conversational repair, and interactive alignment in free and task-oriented social interactions. In Proceedings of CogSci 2017. (pdfabstract)
  • 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 2018-07-17

Mark Dingemanse

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