Dr M. Dingemanse (Mark)
Associate professor - Centre for Language Studies
Associate professor - Department of Language and Communication
Why are languages the way they are? Why do our utterances combine multiple modes of representation? What makes complex cooperative communication possible? My research formulates new answers to these questions.
I study how language is shaped by and for social interaction. My work is comparative, cross-cultural, and collaborative: I do fieldwork and experiments in societies I know well, and work together with interdisciplinary teams in Nijmegen and around the world.
In the period 2018-2023 my research team focuses on the 'elementary particles of conversation': the little words that streamline interaction and help make complex language possible. We combine corpus-based, cross-cultural and computational methods to study the origins, diversity and consequences of these words. Support comes from a Vidi grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and from a team science project in the Language in Interaction consortium.
- Dingemanse, M. (2020) Between Sound and Speech: Liminal Signs in Interaction. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 53:1, 188-196 Full text
- Dingemanse, M., & Liesenfeld, A. (2022). From text to talk: Harnessing conversational corpora for humane and diversity-aware language technology. Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 5614–5633. doi: 10.18653/v1/2022.acl-long.385 Full text
- Heesen, R., Fröhlich, M., Sievers, C., Woensdregt, M., & Dingemanse, M. (2022). Coordinating social action: A primer for the cross-species investigation of communicative repair. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 377(1859), 20210110. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2021.0110 Full text
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Research grants and prizes
- 2020 - Radboud Science Award (met Tessa van Leeuwen) for our work on synaesthesia & language | Young Scientists Award in the Humanities (Heineken Foundation & Royal Dutch Academy) for 'unconventional questions' & 'dedication to open research' More information
- 2018 - Vidi research grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) More information
- 2015 - Ig Nobel Prize ('Research that makes you laugh, then think') for our discovery that 'Huh?' may be a universal word More information
- 2014 - Veni research grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) More information
- 2012 - AVT/Anéla Dissertation Award for 'best dissertation in linguistics in The Netherlands in 2011' | Otto Hahn Medal 2012 from the Max Planck Society for 'outstanding scientific achievements' More information