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Floris Cos, Wieke Metzlar and Marije van Lankveld receive funding from the PhDs in the Humanities programme

Floris Cos, Wieke Metzlar and Marije van Lankveld receive funding from the PhDs in the Humanities programme. The aim of the PhDs in the Humanities programme is to boost the recruitment and advancement of young talent in the humanities. Funders are the Sustainable Humanities Programme Office and the NWO Social Sciences and Humanities Domain.

Cue integration in multimodal L1 and L2 speech: Creating a naturalistic speech comprehension model

 Floris Cos investigates in his project how what you see, hear, and know promotes speech comprehension, and how these contributions may change depending on your conversation partner. When you are trying to understand someone, it helps if you can see them: a speaker’s gestures help you perceive words and thus benefit speech comprehension. But how strong is the influence of gestures, compared to other information sources in speech, such as the sound itself or the sentences' grammatical structure? And does this influence increase if other information becomes less reliable, for example because of a language learner’s grammar errors? 

Applicant dr. L.J. van Maastricht and co-applicant dr. E. Janse.

Missing Dutch Girls. Patterns and Determinants of excess mortality among girls, the case of Maastricht, 1864-1930.

Wieke Metzlar receives funding with her research on patterns and determinants of excess mortality among girls. In both past and present societies certain groups of girls experience higher levels of mortality than boys, despite female’s pre-determined biologically survival advantage. Theoretical explanations argue that excess female mortality is caused by specific infectious diseases, gendered roles or gender discrimination. However, these theories lack thorough empirical testing. This project focuses on patterns and determinants of excess mortality among girls between 1 and 15 in Maastricht (1864-1930). The project uses individual-level data to examine what caused excess female mortality. Specific attention will be paid to the role of the family, especially that of parents and siblings.

Applicant dr P. Puschmann and co-applicant prof. J. Kok

Settler Colonialism by Minority Communities: Irish Women Writers at the North-American Frontier

Marije van Lankveld explores in this project how Irish settler women in North America in the nineteenth and early-twentieth century represent Indigenous peoples, the natural environment and the landscape of the frontier in their writings, and compares these to contemporary discourse patterns in the broader North American and British newspapers. Considering the underexplored and complex position of Irish settler women will result in a better understanding of the structure of settler colonialism in general, as well as insight into how the underexplored factors of gender, diaspora and religion interact with settler colonialism and its ongoing impact on Indigenous peoples and the natural environment.

Applicant dr. M.H. Roza and co-applicant prof. dr. M.C.M. Corporaal.

PhDs in the Humanities programme

The aim of the PhDs in the Humanities programme is to boost the recruitment and advancement of young talent in the humanities. Funders are the Sustainable Humanities Programme Office and the NWO Social Sciences and Humanities Domain. 

The decision-making body, consisting of Prof Frits van Oostrom (chair of the Sustainable Humanities Programme Office) and the NWO Social Sciences and Humanities Domain Board, selected the projects on the advice of the assessment committee.

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Diversity, History, Language