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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15 December 2017 10:30 - 11:45
In her PhD thesis, Anne van Leeuwen explored the affective impact of temporal patterns in conversation.
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18 December 2017 12:45 - 14:00
On Monday 18 December Zenghui Liu will defend her PhD thesis on the development of prosodic focus-marking in Bai-Mandarin early bilinguals.
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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