Mark Dingemanse -
I'm interested in how people use language in everyday life — from talking about sensory perceptions to building 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.
If you're here to learn more about our recent study of repair and Huh? in conversations around the globe, check out the paper in PLOS ONE or see our site with explanatory materials (including sound samples).
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 language spoken by approximately fifteen thousand Mawu people in Akpafu and Lolobi, 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 PhD thesis was on the meaning and use of ideophones in Siwu. Take a look at this site to hear some examples or to download the thesis. Too much to read? Check out these two peer-reviewed articles on ideophone typology: 'Advances' and 'Expressiveness and system integration'.