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. 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.
28 April 2017
With contributions from world-renowned researchers, the book offers an overview of the state-of-the-art speech motor control research. Co-edited by Hayo Terband
28 April 2017
Research shows that students’ brain-to-brain group synchrony predicts classroom engagement and classroom social dynamics.
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Events

2 June 2017 10:30 - 11:45
On 2 June Erin Pretorius will defend her PhD thesis on the syntax of spatial prepositions in Afrikaans.
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28 June 2017 10:30 - 11:45
In her dissertation Heidi Klockmann develops a system to analyse semi-lexicality: words that fall in between existing word categories.
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3 July 2017 - 5 July 2017
From 3-5 July 2017, the Faculty of Humanities will host the fourth Digital Humanities Benelux conference.
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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