Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS

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

17 February 2017
Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman is co-author of the report initiated by the European Commission for Education and Culture.
17 February 2017
This book, edited by Michael Burke, presents innovative research on the possible interactions between literary studies and cognitive science.
3 February 2017
This book, edited by Marie-Christine Kok-Escalle, is the first to take a close look at how French was used outside of France, in personal and private life.
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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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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

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