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. Yoad Vinter Seggev. Foto Ed van Rijswijk
24 March 2017
Winter will conduct research on the way people use language to think and communicate about collections.
1 March 2017
Eight Humanities programmes have been ranked best in their field, according to Keuzegids Masters 2017.
17 February 2017
Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman is co-author of the report initiated by the European Commission for Education and Culture.
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Events

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31 March 2017 14:30 - 15:45
Dissertation by Brigitta Keij on the early acquisition of rhythmic structure and its use in speech segmentation from a cross-linguistic perspective.
6 April 2017 12:15 - 18:00
In this workshop, we explore two crucial features of the human mind that shape our institutions at different levels: language and social cognition.
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12 May 2017 12:45 - 14:00
On 12 May Louise Nell will defend her PhD thesis, in which she examined how pension communication is organised, and how this information can be improved.
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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