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Research Article

Is “Huh?” a Universal Word? Conversational Infrastructure and the Convergent Evolution of Linguistic Items

  • Mark Dingemanse mail,

    mark.dingemanse@mpi.nl

    Affiliation: Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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  • Francisco Torreira,

    Affiliation: Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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  • N. J. Enfield

    Affiliations: Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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  • Published: November 08, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078273

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Frequently Asked Questions website

Posted by MattJHodgkinson on 19 Nov 2013 at 17:42 GMT

The authors of this article have written an FAQ about this research: "In this FAQ we cover some of the more outrageous interpretations of our results, address some common doubts arising from introspection, and explain that there are formats for initiating repair beyond ‘huh?’. Further, we disambiguate our use of the term convergent evolution and deal with various objections referring to innateness, inheritance and contact." The FAQ is available at http://huh.ideophone.org/...

Competing interests declared: I am a PLOS ONE Associate Editor