Mark Dingemanse -
Language & Cognition
I investigate how people use language in everyday life and how language itself is shaped by social interaction. I study these topics in depth in societies I know well, and I investigate them from a comparative perspective in collaboration with colleagues in Nijmegen and around the world.
Besides leading a large collaborative project on how people reach mutual understanding in conversation, I'm currently working 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. In support of this work I was awarded a Veni grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.