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

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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7 July 2017
The central question within JOIN is how we prevent exclusion and strengthen meaningful participation of all young people in society.
Prof. dr. Michael Burke
12 May 2017
Michael Burke edited the four volume collection 'Stylistics', which will showcase the main developments and major achievements in stylistic scholarship.
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Events

Prof. Beatrice de Graaf tijdens DRONGO talenfestival 2016. Foto: Henk Rougoor
29 September 2017 10:00 - 30 September 2017 17:00
On 29 and 30 September DRONGO language festival takes place in Utrecht. Many scholars from Utrecht University will offer workshops and live science labs.
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29 September 2017 14:30 - 15:45
On Friday 29 September Björn 't Hart will defend his PhD thesis on the interface between language and emotion in the University Hall in Utrecht.
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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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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