Mark Dingemanse


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  • Blokpoel, M., Dingemanse, M., Kachergis, G., Bögels, S., Drijvers, L., Eijk, L., Ernestus, M., De Haas, N., Holler, J., Levinson, S. C., Lui, R., Milivojevic, B., Neville, D., Ozyurek, A., Rasenberg, M., Schriefers, H., Trujillo, J. P., Winner, T., Toni, I., & Van Rooij, I. (2018). Ambiguity helps higher-order pragmatic reasoners communicate. Talk presented at the 14th biannual conference of the German Society for Cognitive Science, GK (KOGWIS 2018). Darmstadt, Germany. 2018-09-03 - 2018-09-06.
  • Bögels, S., Milvojevic, B., De Haas, N., Döller, C., Rasenberg, M., Ozyurek, A., Dingemanse, M., Eijk, L., Ernestus, M., Schriefers, H., Blokpoel, M., Van Rooij, I., Levinson, S. C., & Toni, I. (2018). Creating shared conceptual representations. Poster presented at the 10th Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2016). Arbitrariness, systematicy and iconicity in natural language [invited lecture]. Talk presented at the Interacting Minds Center. Aarhus, Denmark. 2016-03-08.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2016). Arbitrariness, iconicity and systematicity in language [invited lecture]. Talk presented at the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition. Leiden, The Netherlands. 2016-02-04.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2016). Is "Huh?" a universal word? [public lecture]. Talk presented at the Aarhus University (Ig Nobel Scandinavian Tour). Aarhus, Denmark. 2016-02-08.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2016). Is "Huh?" a universal word? [public lecture]. Talk presented at the Festsalen, Copenhagen University (Ig Nobel Scandinavian Tour). Copenhagen, Denmark. 2016-03-12.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2016). Is "Huh?" a universal word? [public lecture]. Talk presented at the Karolinska Institute (Ig Nobel Scandinavian Tour). Stockholm, Sweden. 2016-03-13.
  • Dingemanse, M., & van Leeuwen, T. M. (2016). What does sound-symbolism have to do with synaesthesia?. Talk presented at the Grote Taaldag. Utrecht, The Netherlands. 2016-02-06.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2016). Towards a typology of conversational structures: The case of other-initiated repair [invited lecture]. Talk presented at the Functional & Cognitive Linguistics: Grammar and Typology. Department of Linguistics. Leuven, Belgium. 2016-04-24.
  • Lockwood, G., Drijvers, L., Hagoort, P., & Dingemanse, M. (2016). In search of the kiki-bouba effect. Poster presented at the Eighth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL 2016), London, UK.


    The kiki-bouba effect, where people map round shapes onto round sounds (such as [b] and [o]) and spiky shapes onto “spiky” sounds (such as [i] and [k]), is the most famous example of sound symbolism. Many behavioural variations have been reported since Köhler’s (1929) original experiments. These studies examine orthography (Cuskley, Simner, & Kirby, 2015), literacy (Bremner et al., 2013), and developmental disorders (Drijvers, Zaadnoordijk, & Dingemanse, 2015; Occelli, Esposito, Venuti, Arduino, & Zampini, 2013). Some studies have suggested that the cross-modal associations between linguistic sound and physical form in the kiki-bouba effect are quasi-synaesthetic (Maurer, Pathman, & Mondloch, 2006; Ramachandran & Hubbard, 2001). However, there is a surprising lack of neuroimaging data in the literature that explain how these cross-modal associations occur (with the exceptions of Kovic et al. (2010)and Asano et al. (2015)). We presented 24 participants with randomly generated spiky or round figures and 16 synthesised, reduplicated CVCV (vowels: [i] and [o], consonants: [f], [v], [t], [d], [s], [z], [k], and [g]) nonwords based on Cuskley et al. (2015). This resulted in 16 nonwords across four conditions: full match, vowel match, consonant match, and full mismatch. Participants were asked to rate on a scale of 1 to 7 how well the nonword fit the shape it was presented with. EEG was recorded throughout, with epochs timelocked to the auditory onset of the nonword. There were significant behavioural effects of condition (p<0.0001). Bonferroni t-tests show participants rated full match more highly than full mismatch nonwords. However, there was no reflection of this behavioural effect in the ERP waveforms. One possible reason for the absence of an ERP effect is that this effect may jitter over a broad latency range. Currently oscillatory effects are being analysed, since these are less dependent on precise time-locking to the triggering events.
  • Lockwood, G., van Leeuwen, T. M., Drijvers, L., & Dingemanse, M. (2016). Synaesthesia and sound-symbolism — insights from the Groot Nationaal Onderzoek project. Poster presented at the Synesthesia and Cross-Modal Perception, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Lockwood, G., Hagoort, P., & Dingemanse, M. (2016). Synthesized size-sound sound symbolism. Talk presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2016). Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2016-08-10 - 2016-08-13.


    Studies of sound symbolism have shown that people can associate sound and meaning in consistent ways when presented with maximally contrastive stimulus pairs of nonwords such as bouba/kiki (rounded/sharp) or mil/mal (small/big). Recent work has shown the effect extends to antonymic words from natural languages and has proposed a role for shared cross-modal correspondences in biasing form-to-meaning associations. An important open question is how the associations work, and particularly what the role is of sound-symbolic matches versus mismatches. We report on a learning task designed to distinguish between three existing theories by using a spectrum of sound-symbolically matching, mismatching, and neutral (neither matching nor mismatching) stimuli. Synthesized stimuli allow us to control for prosody, and the inclusion of a neutral condition allows a direct test of competing accounts. We find evidence for a sound-symbolic match boost, but not for a mismatch difficulty compared to the neutral condition.
  • Van Leeuwen, T. M., Dingemanse, M., Lockwood, G., & Drijvers, L. (2016). Color associations in nonsynaesthetes and synaesthetes: A large-scale study in Dutch. Talk presented at the Synesthesia and Cross-Modal Perception. Dublin, Ireland. 2016-04-22.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). An introduction to pragmatic typology. Talk presented at the 14th International Pragmatics Conference. Antwerp, Belgium. 2015-07-27.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). Arbitrariness, Iconicity and Systematicity [invited lecture]. Talk presented at the Colloquium of the Department for Comparative Linguistics. Zürich, Switzerland. 2015-11-25.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). Conversational repair and pragmatic universals [invited]. Talk presented at the Department of Comparative Linguistics, University of Zürich. Zürich, Switzerland. 2015-10-16.
  • Dingemanse, M., & van Leeuwen, T. M. (2015). De Zintuigenquiz: Groot Nationaal Onderzoek [public lecture]. Talk presented at the Researchers' Night Science Festival. Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 2015-09-26.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). Hè? Wat misverstanden zeggen over taal en de mens [public lecture]. Talk presented at the Ig Nobel Night. Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 2015-10-03.
  • Dingemanse, M., Floyd, S., & Enfield, N. J. (2015). Pragmatic typology: Unity and diversity in systems of language use. Talk presented at the Diversity Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospect. Leipzig, Germany. 2015-05-01.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). Ideophones and reduplication. Talk presented at the 8th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL8). Kyoto, Japan. 2015-08-23.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). Other-initiated repair across languages: a developmental perspective [invited]. Talk presented at the Acquisition processes in maximally diverse languages (ACQDIV Kickoff Meeting). Zürich, Switzerland. 2015-06-10.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). Sound and sense: Iconicity and sound-symbolism in natural language [invited]. Talk presented at the Center for the Study of the Senses, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study. London, UK. 2015-11-12.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). The Power of "Huh?". Talk presented at the TEDx Amsterdam. Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 2015-11-27.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). Using misunderstandings to understand language and social interaction [Invited talk]. Talk presented at the Centre de recherche sur les interactions sociales (CRIS), Université de Neuchâtel. Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 2015-02-02.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). Verstrengelde zintuigen [public lecture]. Talk presented at the Radboud Rocks Science Festival. Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 2015-05-28.
  • Dingemanse, M. (2015). Waarom zijn er in Afrika zoveel verschillende talen? [public lecture]. Talk presented at the Afrikamuseum. Berg en Dal, the Netherlands. 2015-04-25.

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