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.

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Prof. dr. Hans van de Velde. Foto: Jacob van Essen
13 May 2019
On 1 May 2019, Hans Van de Velde has been appointed professor of 'Sociolinguistics, with special attention to the language situation in Fryslân'.
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25 March 2019
Tessa van Charldorp identifies bottlenecks in the field of hospital communication.
Prof. dr. Aoju Chen. Foto: Ivar Pel
5 March 2019
Aoju Chen is involved in the research 'Where do I belong?' within the strategic theme Dynamics of Youth of Utrecht University.
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Events

Prof. James Law
23 May 2019 19:00 - 20:30
James Law is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Humanities.
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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