Dr G.J. Kootstra (Gerrit Jan)
Postdoc - Centre for Language Studies
Assistant professor - Centre for Language Studies
Assistant professor - Department of Language and Communication
Gerrit Jan Kootstra is an expert on the psycholinguistics of multilingualism and language acquisition. He works on the cognitive mechanisms of language use and learning in multilingual children and adults. He focuses specifically on the way multilinguals are influenced by both their languages in their language use, and on the phenomenon of 'priming', i.e., the way in which people adapt the way they produce and comprehend language to their own and each other’s recent language use. He investigates, among other things, to what extent this phenomenon plays a role in multilingual language use, and to what extent it can be linked to processes of language learning. Gerrit Jan Kootstra currently works on these questions in bilingual children as a postdoctoral researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen in the 2in1 project, an NWO-funded VIDI project on cross-language priming in bilingual children, which was granted to Sharon Unsworth.
In addition to these fundamental, psycholinguistic interests, Gerrit Jan Kootstra also has an interest in making the connection between scientific research and practical aspects of multilingualism and language learning, e.g., by informing parents and/or school teachers on this topic.
- Cohen, C., Nabi, S.W., Higham, C., Putnam, M., Kootstra, G.J. & Hell, J.G. van (2021). Individual variation in the structure of bilingual grammars. Language, 97 (4), 752-792. doi: 10.1353/lan.2021.0064
- Fricke, M. & Kootstra, G.J. (2016). Primed codeswitching in spontaneous bilingual dialogue. Journal of Memory and Language, 91, 181-201. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2016.04.003
- Kootstra, G.J. & Doedens, W.J. (2016). How multiple sources of experience influence bilingual syntactic choice: Immediate and cumulative cross-language effects of structural priming, verb bias, and language dominance. Bilingualism. Language and Cognition, 19 (4), 710-732. doi: 10.1017/S1366728916000420
- Kootstra, G.J., Hell, J.G. van & Dijkstra, A.F.J. (2010). Syntactic alignment and shared word order in code-switched sentence production: Evidence from bilingual monologue and dialogue. Journal of Memory and Language, 63 (2), 210-231. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2010.03.006