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

13 October 2017
All webinars will be hosted by our students and staff, who are ready to answer any questions during the Q&A session at the end.
27 September 2017
​The first book length overview of a central topic in psychology, linguistics, and philosophy, published in open access.
Prof. dr. Ellen Gerrits
25 August 2017
Ellen Gerrits receives the grant for her research project 'Tracking speech and language development of Dutch children migrating to Australia'.
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Events

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27 October 2017 09:30 - 12:00
On the day of Tessel Boerma’s PhD thesis defence (27 October), a symposium on ‘Language Impairment and Bilingualism’ will be organised.
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6 November 2017 14:30 - 15:45
On 6 November, Anqi Yang will defend her PhD thesis in which she investigates how Chinese and Korean children learn to mark new information in a sentence.
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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