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About our research

Language is what makes us human. The Centre for Language Studies aims to achieve a deeper understanding of the cognitive and social processes underlying language systems, language processing, and language use. We aspire to optimize human communicative interaction. We approach this by investigating language from single sounds to discourse, including modalities from speech and text to gestures, signs, and images.

We focus on four multidisciplinary research areas:

  1. Language systems and language variation
  2. Language processing and cognition
  3. Discourse and communication
  4. First and second language acquisition