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.


Dr. Aoju Chen
2 February 2018
Aoju Chen was appointed professor in Language Development in Relation to Socialisation and Identity in the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication
31 January 2018
Dr. Elma Blom, an expert in language development, analysed how children between the ages of 10 and 13 use 'textese'.
8 December 2017
A substantive collection of syntactic case studies of syntactic phenomena, an invaluable reference tool for students and researchers.


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24 April 2018 12:45 - 14:00
On 24 April, Peter Zubkov will defend his PhD thesis 'The Grammar of Binding: A study with reference to Russian'.
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16 May 2018 12:45 - 14:00
Fenna Swart investigated teacher educators' perspectives of language-oriented learning and teaching through a three-year professional development project.
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8 June 2018 16:15 - 17:15
Anja Goldschmidt shows that conceptual knowledge is relevant for understanding sentences with verb-adverb combinations.
Areas of expertise: 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