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  1. Keynote at 11th Conference on Iconicity in Language and Literature

    April 6-8, 2017, Brighton

  2. Keynote at 6th Sixth International Conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC 6)
    April 20-22, 2017, Lund


  1. Invited talk at Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication
    March 31, 2017, Amsterdam
  2. The Power of Questions 
    Public talk at Nerd Nite Amsterdam
    March 31, 2017, Amsterdam
  3. Beyond bouba and kiki: sound symbolism in natural languages
    Invited talk at Department of Linguistics, Manchester
    March 14, 2017, Manchester
  4. Pragmatic typology: unity and diversity in systems of language use
    Invited talk at Department of Linguistics, UC Berkeley
    March 1, 2017, Berkeley
  5. Comparing conversation across cultures
    CA Working Group, Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture
    February 23, 2017, UCLA, Los Angeles
  6. Recruitments in Siwu and beyond
    Invited talk at Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture
    February 22, 2017, UCLA, Los Angeles
  7. What sound symbolism can and cannot do
    Invited talk at Stanford Linguistics Department
    February 15, 2017, Stanford University
  8. Probing the link between sound symbolism and synaesthesia. (With Gwilym Lockwood and Tessa van Leeuwen.) 
    CogLing 7, 5-6 January 2017, Nijmegen.


  1. Invited talk at Nagoya University Department of Linguistics
    December 16, 2016, Nagoya

  2. Plenary address at NINJAL 2016 Symposium on "Mimetics in Japanese and other languages of the world"
    December 18, 2016, Tokyo

  3. Recruiting assistance in interaction: a West African corpus study
    Invited talk at Department of Linguistics, Groningen University
    November 3, Groningen
  4. Recruiting assistance in interaction: a West African corpus study
    Invited talk at Spoken Grammar Working Group, Leiden University
    October 27, Leiden
  5. Synthesized size-sound sound symbolism (with Gwilym Lockwood)
    Talk at Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
    August 10, Philadelphia
  6. Iconicity and cross-modal integration (with Gwilym Lockwood)
    Talk in panel on iconicity and non-arbitrariness, Association of Psychological Science
    May 26, Chicago
  7. Towards a typology of conversational structures: the case of other-initiated repair 
    Invited talk presented at the Functional & Cognitive Linguistics: Grammar and Typology, Department of Linguistics.
    April 24, Leuven.
  8. Color associations in nonsynaesthetes and synaesthetes: A large-scale study in Dutch (with T van Leeuwen, G Lockwood, L Drijvers)
    Talk presented at the Synesthesia and Cross-Modal Perception conference
    April 22, Dublin
  9. Is "Huh?" a universal word? (with Torreira & Enfield)
    Public lecture at the Karolinska Institute (Ig Nobel Tour Scandinavia)
    March 13, Stockholm.
  10. Is "Huh?" a universal word? (with Torreira & Enfield)
    Public lecture at Festsalen, Copenhagen University (Ig Nobel Tour Scandinavia)
    March 11, Copenhagen.
  11. Is "Huh?" a universal word? (with Torreira & Enfield)
    Public lecture at Aarhus University (Ig Nobel Tour Scandinavia)
    March 8, Aarhus.
  12. Arbitrariness, iconicity and systematicity in language
    Invited talk at Interacting Minds Center, University of Aarhus
    March 9, Aarhus 

  13. What does sound-symbolism have to do with synaesthesia? 
    (with Tessa van Leeuwen)
    Grote Taaldag
    February 9, Utrecht 

  14. Arbitrariness, iconicity and systematicity in language
    Invited talk at Language & Cognition Group, Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition
    February 4, Leiden


  1. The Power of "Huh?"
    Invited TEDx talk at TEDx Amsterdam (theme: "Big Questions")
    November 27, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

  2. Sound and sense: Iconicity and sound-symbolism in natural language
    Invited talk at Center for the Study of the Senses, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, London
    November 12, London 

  3. Conversational repair and pragmatic universals 
    Invited talk at Comparative Linguistics Department, University of Zürich
    October 16, Zürich 

  4. De Zintuigenquiz: Groot Nationaal Onderzoek (with T van Leeuwen)
    Public lecture at Researchers' Night Science Festival
    September 26, Nijmegen
  5. Ideophones and reduplication 
    8th World Congress of African Linguistics 
    August 21-24, Kyoto 

  6. African ideophones and their contribution to linguistics
    (panel co-organised with Sharon Rose, UCSD)
    8th World Congress of African Linguistics
    August 21-24, Kyoto

  7. An introduction to pragmatic typology
    International Pragmatics Conference 2015 (talk as part of an invited panel on Pragmatic Typology, co-organised with Giovanni Rossi)
    July 27, Antwerp

  8. Other-initiated repair across languages: a developmental perspective
    Invited talk at ACQDIV Kickoff meeting (Sabine Stoll & Zürich Comparative Linguistics Department)
    June 10-14, Kloster Kappel, Zürich 

  9. Verstrengelde zintuigen
    Public lecture at the Radboud Rocks Science Festival
    May 28, Nijmegen
  10. Pragmatic typology: Unity and diversity in systems of language use (with Simeon Floyd and N.J. Enfield)
    Diversity Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospect
    May 1-3, Leipzig

  11. Using misunderstandings to understand language and social interaction
    Invited talk at Centre de recherche sur les interactions sociales (CRIS), Université de Neuchâtel
    February 2, Neuchâtel

  12. Science communication for junior scientists
    Invited workshop at PhD Day, Faculty of Geosciences 
    January 28, Utrecht University


  1. Waarom zijn er zoveel talen in Afrika?
    Invited talk at Afrikadag NSG
    December 18, Nijmegen

  2. How to combine multiple modes of representation in language
    Invited talk at Center for Cognitive Semiotics
    December 11, Lund, Sweden

  3. Unity and diversity in systems of language use
    Invited lecture at Workshop on Language Evolution and Diversity
    Oct 30-31, Nijmegen

  4. Media als middel — tips vanuit het oog van een mediastorm
    Invited talk at Vakconferentie Wetenschapscommunicatie
    October 1, Amsterdam

  5. Waarom zijn er in Afrika zoveel verschillende talen?
    Public lecture at MuseumJeugdUniversiteit
    September 14, 2014, Afrikamuseum Berg en Dal

  6. Other-initiated repair across languages: A systematic comparison
    (with Nick Enfield, Julija Baranova, Joe Blythe, Paul Drew, Simeon Floyd, Rósa S. Gísladóttir, Kobin H. Kendrick, Stephen C. Levinson, Elizabeth Manrique, and Giovanni Rossi)
    Talk at International Conference on Conversation Analysis
    June 25-29, UCLA, Los Angeles

  7. Stemmen van Afrika
    Public lecture at Studium Generale Leiden
    June 10, Science Café Leiden

  8. Dependencies in language systems — Two case studies in methods and mechanisms
    Workshop on Dependencies among Systems of Language
    June 4-7, Château de la Poste, Belgium

  9. Pragmatic typology and convergent evolution in language
    Invited talk (Dahlem Lecture in Linguistics), Philosophy/Humanities Department, Freie Universität Berlin 
    May 27, Berlin

  10. On the margins of language
    Plenary address at TWIST Leiden Conference on Linguistics
    May 20, Leiden, NL

  11. A cross-linguistic study of other-initiated repair: system, cost, and choice
    Invited talk at Workshop on Miscommunication, Queen Mary University of London
    May 14-15, London, UK.

  12. Morphosyntactic Typology of Ideophones: From Description to Explanation
    Invited talk at Workshop on 'Structuring Sensory Imagery'
    May 1-2, Rochester, NY. 

  13. Conversational infrastructure and the convergent evolution of linguistic items
    Talk at Evolang 2014
    April 14-17, Vienna, Austria (with Francisco Torreira and N.J. Enfield).

  14. The role of iconicity in the cultural evolution of communicative signals
    Talk at Workshop on Evolution of Signals, Speech and Signs, Evolang 2014
    April 14-17, Vienna, Austria (with Tessa Verhoef en Seán G. Roberts).

  15. Sound-symbolism, iconicity, and ideophones
    Invited talk at Tilburg University Linguistics Department
    April 2, Tilburg, NL.

  16. Understanding Agency through Misunderstandings 
    Invited talk at retreat 'Foundations of Social Agency', Schloss Ringberg Tegernsee, Germany.

  17. On the centrality of ‘marginalia’ for theory and methods in linguistics
    Invited Talk at Stockholm University Linguistics Department
    March 27, Stockholm, Sweden.

  18. The Future of Linguistics
    Invited talk at informal roundtable "Linguistics Quo Vadis"
    March 10, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen 
  19. Studying Conversation across Cultures
    Talk at LSA Organised Session on Documenting Conversation, LSA 2014 Annual Meeting
    January 2-5, Minneapolis, USA.


For general audiences

  1. Wat doen taalwetenschappers eigenlijk?
    Public lecture at Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht
    Oktober 6, Utrecht.
  2. Wetenschapper + Weblog
    Invited talk at Nederlandse Vakconferentie Wetenschapscommunicatie
    Oktober 1, Rotterdam.
  3. De Talenrijkdom van Afrika
    Invited talk at Drongo Festival for Multilingualism, special session on Stemmen van Afrika
    September 28, Amsterdam.
  4. Better science through listening to lay people
    Invited talk at ECSITE Annual Conference (session 'Playing Dumb: Escaping the shackles of smartness', convenor Alex Verkade)
    June 6-8, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  5. Ideofonen: Schilderen met taal
    Invited talk at Taalgala, Grote Taaldag at the occasion of receiving the AVT/Anéla Dissertation Award for Best Dissertation in Linguistics in the Netherlands in 2011.
    February 8, Utrecht.

For academic audiences

  1. Sound-symbolism: linguistic, behavioural and neuro-imaging perspectives
    Invited talk at Workshop on Sound Symbolism, Keio University (Imai Lab)
    December 13-14, Tokyo, Japan.
  2. Ideophones and interjections
    Invited talk at Aarhus University Linguistics Department
    November 9, Aarhus, Denmark.
  3. Conversation across cultures
    Talk at MOVIN-meeting of Danish conversation analysts
    November 9, Aarhus, Denmark.
  4. Negotiating mutual understanding: A cross-linguistic study of other-initiated repair (with Nick Enfield)
    Invited talk at Interacting Minds Center
    November 8, Aarhus, Denmark.
  5. Other-initiation of repair. Towards a typology of systems of language use. (with Nick Enfield, Julija Baranova, Joe Blythe, Paul Drew, Simeon Floyd, Rósa Gísladóttir, Steve Levinson, Kobin Kendrick, Elizabeth Manrique, Sean Roberts, and Giovanni Rossi)
    Talk at 13th International Pragmatics Conference
    September 8-13, New Delhi, India.
  6. Implicational hierarchies and semantic typology: the case of ideophones
    Talk at ALT5, Association for Linguistic Typology 
    August 15-18, Leipzig, Germany.
  7. Form and function of a possibly universal interjection for the other-initiation of repair (with Francisco Torreira and Nick Enfield)
    Talk at ALT5, Association for Linguistic Typology
    August 15-18, Leipzig, Germany.
  8. Early German sources on GTM languages and peoples
    Talk at Ghana-Togo Mountain Languages workshop
    May 31, Leiden University.
  9. Expressiveness and system integration
    Talk at Grammar of Mimetics workshop
    May 10-11, SOAS, London.
  10. Place reference in story launchings (with Simeon Floyd and Giovanni Rossi)
    Talk at Workshop on Place, Landscape, and Language.
    April 19, Nijmegen.
  11. Conventionalised and creative depictions in interaction
    Talk at Workshop on Quotation and Depiction in Interaction
    March 8, Nijmegen.


  1. Huh? The form and semiotics of a possibly universal interjection for initiating repair (with Francisco Torreira and N.J. Enfield)
    Talk at CogLingDays 5
    December 14-15, Groningen.
  2. Reduplication and expressive morphology in ideophones
    Invited talk at the workshop "Total Reduplication: morphological, pragmatic and typological features" (organised by Daniela Rossi)
    November 18-19, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels.
  3. The limited power of sound symbolism (with Holger Mitterer, Will Schuerman, Eva Reinisch, and Sylvia Tufvesson)
    Talk at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) 2012
    September 6-8, Riva del Garda, Italy
  4. The semantic structure of sensory vocabulary: ideophones, imagery, and iconicity
    Invited talk at the Workshop on Embodiment and Sound-Symbolism
    August 6-7, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  5. The semantic structure of sensory vocabulary in an African language (with Asifa Majid)
    Talk at the 34th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
    August 1-4, Sapporo, Japan
  6. Show, don’t tell: a multi-methods approach to performance and creativity in ideophones
    Talk at Language, Culture and Mind V: Integrating Semiotic Resources in Communication and Creativity
    June 27-29, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon
  7. Advances in the cross-linguistic study of ideophones
    Invited talk at Center for Language Studies Colloquium
    May 31, Radboud University, Nijmegen
  8. Ideophones at the intersection of theory and methods in African linguistics
    Plenary address at the 43rd Annual Conference on African Linguistics
    March 15-17, Tulane University, New Orleans
  9. Ideophones and creativity
    Lecture in the Organised Session "Ideophones, Grammar and Cultural Expression" at LSA Annual Meeting
    January 6-8, Portland, Oregon


  1. Curse or blessing? Africa's linguistic heritage in the 21st century
    Plenary address at the Afrika Studiedag of the Netherlands African Studies Assocation
    November 5, 2011, Afrikamuseum Berg en Dal
  2. Ideophones and gesture: contrasts and parallels
    Donders Theme Meeting, Gesture & Sign group
    September 15, 2011, Nijmegen
  3. Ideophones and creativity: documented cases of ideophone creation in a corpus of naturally occurring speech
    41th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics
    August 29-31, 2011, Leiden
  4. Ideophones: Challenge and Opportunity for Language Documentation
    Language Documentation and Description in the Netherlands
    April 8-9, 2011, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  5. Iconicity and performance
    Invited talk at the Keio-Tamagawa Workshop on Sound-Symbolism and Mimetics
    February 18, 2011, Tamagawa University, Japan.


  1. Ideophones and the study of African languages
    Invited talk at the journée scientifue du LLACAN
    December 10, 2010, LLACAN, Paris.
  2. How to do things with ideophones: a field guide
    Invited talk at workshop on African Responses to Language Endangerment
    December 2-4, 2010, University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.
  3. Linguistic research and fieldwork: what researchers want
    AVATecH Expert Workshop
    November 16-17, 2010, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
  4. Ideophones and verbal art
    Humanities of the Lesser Known: New directions in the description, documentation and typology of endangered languages and musics
    September 10-11, 2010, Lund University, Sweden
  5. The Meaning and Use of Ideophones in Siwu
    40th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics
    August 23-25, 2010, Leiden
  6. How to Do Things with Ideophones: Towards A Social Interactional Approach
    36th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society
    February 6-7, 2010, Berkeley


  1. Ideophones and the senses. The interplay of language, culture, and the perceptual world in a West-African society
    108th Annual AAA meeting
    December 2-6, 2009, Philadelphia
  2. Ideophones and the Communal Ethos of the Mawu people
    Invited ad hoc lecture at Princeton University Department of Music
    December 3, 2009, Princeton
  3. Ideophones in unexpected places
    Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 2
    November 13-14, 2009, London
  4. The semi-Bantu noun class system of Siwu (na-GTM, Ghana)
    39th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics
    August 24, 2009, Leiden
  5. What do we really know about ideophones?
    6th World Congress of African Linguistics
    August 20, 2009, Cologne
  6. The interaction of syntax and expressivity in Siwu ideophones
    2009 International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar
    August 9, 2009, Berkeley
  7. Ideophones in Siwu: New methods and findings
    Invited Talk at the Research Colloquium of the Institut für Afrikanistik
    July 15, 2009, Köln
  8. Sound-symbolism in Ideophones
    Workshop on Cross-modality and sound-symbolism, MPI for Psycholinguistics (presenting joint work from the Ideophones and Sound-symbolism project)
    July 7, 2009, Nijmegen
  9. Ezra Pound among the Mawu: the everyday poetics of ideophones in a West-African society
    7th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature
    June 9-14, 2009, Toronto
  10. How To Do Things With Ideophones: Observations on the use of vivid sensory language in Siwu
    Invited Talk at SOAS Research Seminar
    June 3, 2009, London
  11. Ideophones and iconicity in Siwu
    Workshop Universals of Sound Symbolism
    February 26-27, 2009, Nijmegen


  1. Ideophones and the slippery slope of expressivity in Siwu
    2nd International Worshop on the Ghana-Togo Mountain Languages
    August 3-8, 2008, Ho, Ghana
  2. A first look at Siwu ideophones: spontaneous conversations and folk definitions
    26th West African Languages Congress
    July 26-August 2, 2008, Winneba, Ghana
  3. Ideophones in the wild
    Dept. of Linguistics, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
    May 9, 2008, Leipzig
  4. Ideophones in the wild: Notes on the cultural ecology of ideophones in Siwu (Niger-Congo, eastern Ghana)
    Expressives Workshop
    April 11, 2008, Nijmegen


  1. The semantics of Bantu noun classification
    Invited Lecture in a course on Nominal classification in Bantu
    October 9, 2007, Leiden University
  2. Notes on Siwu
    Round Table Conference on the GTM Languages
    March 28, 2007, Leiden University

Mark Dingemanse

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
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