Language and Speech, Learning and Therapy

Researchers of our group focus on second language acquisition and speech and language therapy. These domains have in common that they need to ground teaching and therapy on both theoretical insights and empirical practice. Moreover, they intend to exploit the possibilities speech and language technology provides to test theoretical concepts and generate new research questions.

An important aim is to develop technological tools for specific communicative modes. A broad range of techniques and data sources is applied to test research hypotheses on the structure and functioning of communicative competences: spontaneous speech data, directed elicitation tasks, survey methods, computer modelling, protocolled therapy, experimentation and brain imaging.

Second Language Acquisition

The main aim of second language acquisition is to explain the construction and architecture of a second language and its relation to the properties of the first language and/or cognitive principles or preferences.

Speech and Language Therapy

We study sub-populations which need to develop or improve communicative competences under specific communicative modes such as language impairment, speech disorders, deafness, or cognitive limitations.

Research projects



To gain more insight in someone's happiness and well-being, we work on the development of a conversational agent that speaks with people about daily life and well-being in Dutch.

Een kind leest van een tablet

DART: Dutch Automatic Reading Tutor

This project investigates how reading practice software with automatic speech recognition (ASH) and automatic feedback on reading aloud can best be developed and implemented in school practice and at home.

Contact information


Erasmus building

Erasmusplein 1
6525HT Nijmegen
Postal address
Postbus 9103