AirTalk for November 12, 2013

Is huh a universal word?

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A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands found that the word, “Huh” could be a universal understood word.

The scientists traveled to cities on five continents visiting native speakers of 10 languages and found that “Huh,” sounds similar in every language that looked at.

This filler word is seen as the glue that mends conversations together. How important is “Huh,” across languages? Is this the one word everyone can understand?


Timothy Stowell, UCLA Professor of Linguistics

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