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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. 

For the 'Huh?' study, see the PLOS ONE paper or

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.

Function: Research Staff
Member of: Language and Cognition Department
Last checked 2014-07-29

Mark Dingemanse

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