Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS

What are the differences between all the languages in the world?

What is special about the way they pronounce the 'r' in the Dutch Gooi region, and who uses this pronunciation? How does a baby discover which sounds belong to its native language? How do children in a bilingual family keep the two languages apart? What happens in the human brain after a stroke, or in the brain of children with dyslexia? How can we improve schoolchildren's reading and writing skills? And what makes text or talk comprehensible, interesting, persuasive? 

The answers to these and many similar questions are being explored by a large team of researchers in the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS). The UiL OTS is the home of linguistic and communications research at Utrecht University.


6 January 2016
Subsidies have been awarded to no less than 4 projects: on Europe, early modern language dynamics, medieval science, and emancipation and religion.
Little Italy in New York © iStockphoto.com/ferrantraite
15 December 2015
Matteo Brera and Luisa Meroni study the construction of an Italian-American identity by looking at newspapers.
Prof. dr. Rick de Graaff
26 November 2015
De Graaff will be a Professor in the department of Language, Literature and Communication at Utrecht University as of 1 January 2016.


3 March 2016 15:30 -
In the context of Sandrien van Ommen’s PhD defense on 4 March there will be a colloquium on phonology and a workshop on 'Functions of rhythm and stress'.
© iStockphoto.com/Nikola Nastasic
19 April 2016 -
EMLAR XII, held in Utrecht, offers lectures and hands-on sessions on methodological aspects of language acquisition research.
mother tongue | bilingualism | language acquisition | language teaching | syntax | semantics | phonology | psycholinguistics | phonetics | pragmatics | discourse studies | sociolinguistics | neurolinguistics | grammar | dyslexia | aphasia | reading and writing skills | language corpus research

Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS