People who have already changed their behaviour often experience a sense of powerlessness, because they did not save the climate. Others find it more difficult to make such radical changes. One Recharge reader wondered how these different groups of people are informed about climate change.
Kletskoppen children language festival - initiated by Sharon Unsworth and colleagues - has been selected as a finalist for the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the year 2022 in the category Science Engagement. The global Falling Walls Foundation aims at breaking down walls between science and society.
Have you ever noticed that people start speaking differently when in a noisy environment? This change has been called the Lombard effect. This type of speech has already been extensively studied for native speakers. But research into Lombard speech of people who speak in a foreign language is still in its infancy. Linguist Katherine Marcoux conducted extensive research and came to the conclusion that Dutch speakers adapt their English speech in a similar way to native speakers. Marcoux will defend her thesis on 30 June.
When people speak, they often adapt the way they do so to their interlocutor, whether human or computer. Linguist Aurora Troncoso Ruiz studied why we do this: do we simply repeat what we have just heard or do we adapt to ensure that the interlocutor understands us? Troncoso Ruiz will defend her thesis on 13 June.
There are about seven and a half billion people in the world, but no two of them speak in exactly the same way. Through various experiments, linguist Chen Shen investigated how speakers control and improve their speech production so that communication runs smoothly. Shen will defend her thesis on 8 June.
The Centre for Language Studies (CLS) has awarded five valorisation grants of 5,000 to 10,000 euros to CLS researchers. In the coming year, they will be working on an online dictionary of Nimweegs, teaching materials on sign language, language acquisition in AZC Gilze, lesson plans for primary school pupils for a first introduction to 'foreign' languages and submitting a new emoji.
Communication seems natural to us, but there are plenty of situations where background noise makes it hard for us to understand each other. In those moments, gesturing can come in handy, particularly if conversations in your native language are taking place in the background. This has been shown in research by psycholinguist Veerle Wilms in cooperation with Susanne Brouwer and Linda Drijvers. Their paper is published on 19 april in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to four young researchers of the Radboud University. With this grant of up to 280.000 euro they can further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. One of these researchers is Imme Lammertink.