Centre for Language Studies
Centre for Language Studies

Centre for Language Studies

The Centre for Language Studies (CLS) is a research institute dedicated to the understanding of language and the way we use it. Our researchers study this fascinating topic from different perspectives and in several contexts, using a variety of innovative research methods. CLS aims to conduct research that is also valuable for organisations and audiences outside the academic world.


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Lack of visual imagery does not lead to less pleasure in reading

Cognitive scientist Laura Speed and her colleagues found in an initial study of reading in people with so-called aphantasia that they do not enjoy reading less, but they do become less engaged with a story.

Silhouette of a man looking out the window

Understanding aphantasia

Although research into aphantasia is growing, a lot remains unknown about this condition. This project explores language in minds without imagery.

Scrabble (Tifinagh). Behance. Photo by Madghis Madi

Stemmen van Afrika wins LOT Popularisation Prize 2024

In February, it was announced that the project Stemmen van Afrika won the LOT Popularisation Prize 2024.


CLS Lab Lunch: Alif Silpachai

CLS Talks: Katie von Holzen

Symposium “Media to Inspire”

CLS Talks: Imme Lammertink

Visiting address

The Centre for Language Studies is located in the Erasmus Building in Nijmegen.

Erasmusplein 1
6525 HT Nijmegen


Get in touch with the research institute by contacting the CLS office. Follow us on Twitter.

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