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Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS

Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS)

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (Dutch: Onderzoeksinstituut voor Taal en Spraak) unites roughly 70 permanent researchers and 50 temporary researchers (PhD students and post-docs), affiliated with the Departments of Modern Languages, Dutch Studies and Media and Culture Studies. Linguistic research carried out at UiL OTS focuses on the architecture of the linguistic system as part of human cognition, the psychological and neurological processes underlying language acquisition and processing, and the use of language in communicative contexts.

Research Groups

Junior and senior researchers work together in small, thematically structured groups investigating aspects of phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, computational linguistics, discourse studies, first & second language acquisition, pyscholinguistics/neurolinguistics, bilingualism, discourse studies, reading & comprehension, language education. See News & Events for regular research activities such as lecture series, and occasional events such as workshops and conferences.

Lab Facilities

Experimental research is supported by excellent lab facilities, including an EEG/ERP lab, a baby lab, eye-trackers, and access to fMRI (in collaboration with the UMC Utrecht). Theoretical and computational research is supported by an extended infrastructure of computational and library facilities.

Participation and Engagement

UiL OTS participates in the UU focus areas Neuroscience & Cognition, Education & Learning Sciences, Dynamics of Youth, and maintains strong collaborations with other linguistic institutes in the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world.

UiL OTS coordinates the Research Master Linguistics and the PhD programme Linguistics, and hosts the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT).
Researchers are actively engaged in sharing knowledge with groups and institutions outside of the academic world.