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

10 December 2018
Last month the book 'The Grammatical Realization of Polarity Contrast' by Dr Stefan Sudhoff has been published. 
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5 November 2018
Het ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties (BZK) en de Taalunie hebben de campagne direct duidelijk gelanceerd.
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30 October 2018
We process it more easily when a woman performs a male activity than when a man performs a female activity.
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Events

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14 December 2018 14:30 - 15:30
On 14 December 2018 Desiree Capel will defend her PhD thesis on sequential learning, domain generality and developmental dyslexia.
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2 February 2019 09:00 - 17:00
The next Dutch Annual Linguistics Day will be held on Saturday 2 February 2019. All AVT and Anéla members are invited to submit an abstract.
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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