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About CLS

Who are we?

The Centre for Language Studies (CLS) is one of the two research institutes of the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University, Nijmegen. Prof. Mirjam Ernestus is the director of CLS.


CLS aims to achieve a deeper understanding of the nature of language and the way it functions by explicitly connecting and integrating research on the cognitive and social processes underlying language systems, language processing, language use, and language acquisition. We actively seek to deploy our findings to optimise language-related tasks in society.

Our strategy is to conduct empirical research on language, from single sounds to discourse in multiple modalities, including speech, text, gestures, signs, and images. We highly value diversity in research techniques, applying observational, behavioural, and neurocognitive methods, as well as language and speech technology. To facilitate research, we invest in the collection of extensive data sets and in developing innovative automated techniques for analysing text, audio, and video.

Scientific advisory board

The scientific advisory board, consisting of (inter)national researchers who are excellent representatives of our field has an advisory and supervisory role for research planning, science education, data management, communication and outreach.

Prof. G. Booij (em. Leiden University)
Prof. W. Daelemans (University of Antwerp)
Prof. L. Degand (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve)
Dr M.L. García Lecumberri (University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Prof. A. Majid (University of York)
Prof. R. Mayberry (UCSD, San Diego)
Prof. R. Moore (University of Sheffield)

Researchers at Centre for Language Studies