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

Figure 5

Intonation of the OIR interjection by language.

Intonation of the OIR interjection is rising in most languages and falling in some, but more accurately described as “questioning” in all. In this product plot [102], area of squares is proportional to token count: a larger square means more tokens.

Figure 5