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

12 December 2016
Tanya Reinhart could not complete a book on the Theta System before her death in 2007. This book is the first to offer a systematic exposition of her theory.
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7 October 2016
Experts in multilingualism Dr Jacomine Nortier and Dr Elma Blom both are in the top 20 most cited articles of the International Journal of Bilingualism
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9 September 2016
Faculty of Humanities organises Digital Humanities Benelux conference (2017) and the conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (2019).
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Events

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3 February 2017 10:00 - 12:15
Workshop in honour of PhD thesis defence Eva Poortman on the effects of conceptual knowledge on the interpretation of plural constructions.
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3 February 2017 14:30 - 15:45
In her dissertation Eva Poortman studies the interpretation of plural sentences and its connection to conceptual information in the human mind.
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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

Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS