Friday 27 November 2020

Nijmegen researchers win prize for research into ‘Huh’

huhThree researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen have won one of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes – for discovering that the word ‘huh’ or similar sounding words are used in almost every language.

Mark Dingemanse, Francisco Torreira and Nick Enfield were awarded the Ig Nobel prize for literature for their paper ‘Is “Huh?” a Universal Word? Conversational Infrastructure and the Convergent Evolution of Linguistic Items’.

The authors were unable to attend the ceremony at Harvard University and sent a video acceptance speech. They will receive their prize at a special event in Amsterdam on October 3: The European Ig Nobel Show.

The aim of the Ig Nobel prizes is to focus on what the organisers call improbable research – research that makes people laugh and then think.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.