Mark Dingemanse -
I'm interested in how people use language in everyday life — from communicating sensory perceptions to constructing social relationships. I study these topics in depth in societies I know well, and I investigate them from a comparative perspective in collaboration with my colleagues in the Language & Cognition Department.
I contribute to the ERC-funded project Human Sociality and Systems of Language Use, in which we investigate conversational structures in languages around the world. I do regular fieldwork on Siwu, a minority language spoken by the Mawu people in Kawu, eastern Ghana. At MPI I am also involved in collaborative research projects on language and perception, ideophones and sound-symbolism, and synaesthesia across cultures.
My 2011 PhD thesis was on the meaning and use of ideophones in Siwu. Much of it is summarised in two recent articles on ideophone typology: (1) Advances in the cross-linguistic study of ideophones and (2) Expressiveness and system integration.