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

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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.
Handgekleurde 'zodiakman' (detail) in Der scaepherders kalengier (1516), Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division
4 March 2019
Andrea van Leerdam has been awarded two American research fellowships.
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Events

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5 April 2019 09:00 - 17:30
On Friday 5 April the Sociolinguistics Circle 2019 will take place in Utrecht.
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8 April 2019 16:15 - 17:15
On 8 April Mengru Han will defend her PhD thesis 'The role of prosodic input in word learning'.
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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