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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Improve your French listening skills with Learning Casual French

Many people learning a second language find it difficult to keep up with native speakers. That is why language scientists are launching the "Learning Casual French" website to improve the French listening skills of second-language learners.

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Bilingual child cannot ‘turn off’ their language knowledge

Worldwide, there are more children who grow up learning multiple languages than children learning only one. Research by linguist Elly Koutamanis shows that the two languages of a bilingual child are always active in their brain.

Beeldmerk 2in1project


How does one child actually acquire and use two different languages? The 2in1 project examined how a bilingual child’s languages affect each other and the circumstances under which this occurs.


CLS Talks: Sara Bögels

CLS Talks: Bert Le Bruyn

Highlights in the Language Sciences Conference 2024

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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