Non-nativeness in Communication

The CLS research group Non-nativeness in Communication aims to better understand the consequences of communication in which non-natives engage with natives or other non-natives. We examine to what extent and how non-nativeness (e.g., lingua franca use, L2 accentedness) influence perceptions and performance in intercultural interactions, and how communicative choices (e.g., arguments, new media, style) affect evaluations and comprehension among receivers with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Research projects

English dictionary and a map of England

Reducing prejudiced reactions to non-native accentedness

In this project, we investigate if the negative effects of non-native accents in English on how speakers are evaluated can be reduced by raising awareness of prejudicial reactions among listeners.

Radboud Students at a Lecture

Role and impact of second language on study performance in higher education

This study has investigated the challenges, benefits and disadvantages of studying in a language that is not your mother tongue, from the point of view of the non-native students themselves, but also from the point of other non-native communicators.

Public outreach

Our group members contribute to the DRONGO language festival, an annual festival about the impact of language, which takes place in the Netherlands. We are also member of the jury for the yearly SAN advertising prize.


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Contact information


Erasmus building

Erasmusplein 1
6525HT Nijmegen
Postal address
Postbus 9103