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.

News

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30 October 2018
We process it more easily when a woman performs a male activity than when a man performs a female activity.
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29 October 2018
Netspar has awarded a grant of €250.000 for a study into the effectiveness of existing interactive online decision aids for pension scheme participants.
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
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Events

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14 December 2018 14:30 - 15:30
On 14 December 2018 Desiree Capel will defend her PhD thesis on sequential learning, domain generality and developmental dyslexia.
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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