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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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Just a thought...

Posted by someguy on 20 Nov 2013 at 20:52 GMT

Wouldn't "a short questioning interjection with the function of other-initiation of repair" be one of the first words used when multiple languages meet? I think this at the least would increase it's chances of being carried over to other languages and act as an accelerator for it's spread.

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