Dr I.L. Lammertink (Imme)
Postdoc - Centre for Language Studies
Postdoc - Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
6525 HT NIJMEGEN
6500 HD NIJMEGEN
The core of Imme's research is to understand why children differ in the ease with which they acquire language, and what these differences tell us about fundamental aspects of language acquisition. Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) take an important place in her research. Children with DLD have so much difficulty acquiring language that is has a negative impact on their quality of life.
Imme has a multidisciplinary background and network: she obtained her BA Dutch Linguistics and Culture and Msc Cognitive Neuroscience (research master) at Radboud University. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on Statistical learning in children with DLD at the University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation was awarded with the AVT/Anéla dissertation prize 2020. After that, she worked two years as a senior research at Dutch Kentalis. In 2022 she combined her work at Kentalis with a post-doc at the University of Amsterdam. This position was funded by an ABC Talent Grant that Imme received. In 2022 she received a prestigious Veni-grant (NWO) for her project "stats and structure: their presence and role in the peer language environment of children with DLD".
In her work Imme prioritises replicability and data transparency. For the majority of her studies the data, analyses scrips and materials are open available. Imme also really enjoys outreach activities. She has written blog posts for Wetenschap.nu, gives lectures about DLD and linguistics at high schools and primary schools and participated in Science Battles (science in theatre). Furthermore, together with Wouter Goudswaard, she translated her dissertation into a comic: "Het grote TOS-Mysterie: wat aliens and robots on leren over taal"). With this comic she hopes to raise awareness for DLD among primary school aged children and to make these children enthusiastic about language research!
- Lammertink, I., Hermans, D., Stevens, A., van Bakel, H., Knoors, H., Vissers., C. & Dirks, E. (2021). Joint attention in the context of hearing loss: a meta-analysis. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf education. https://doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enab029
- Lammertink, I., Boersma, P., Wijnen, F., and Rispens, J. (2020). Children with Developmental Language Disorder have an auditory verbal statistical learning deficit: evidence from an online measure. Language Learning, 70(1). 137-178.https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12373
- Lammertink, I., Boersma, P., Wijnen, F., and Rispens, J. (2020). Statistical learning in the visuomotor domain and its relation to grammatical proficiency in children with and without Developmental Language Disorder: a conceptual replication and meta-analysis. Language Learning and Development, 16(4). 426-450. https://doi.org/10.1080/15475441.2020.1820340
- Fort, M., Lammertink, I*., Peperkamp, S., Fikkert, P., Guevara-Rokoz., A., and Tsuji, S. (2018). Symbouki: a meta‐analysis on the emergence of sound symbolism in early language acquisition. Developmental Science, 21(5), 1-13.*Shared first authorship. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12659
- Lammertink, I., Casillas, M., Benders, T., Post, B., & Fikkert, P., (2015). Dutch and English toddlers’ use of linguistic cues in predicting upcoming turn transitions. Frontiers in Pyschology 6:495. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00495
- 2023 - 2025 Language acquisition is not a given for every child. Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) have severe difficulties acquiring language without a clear cause. This project investigates how the nature of children’s language input affects the ease with which children learn language. This project is unique because it focuses on the role that peer language input rather than parental or teacher input plays during language development. This question is particularly relevant in the educational context of Dutch children with DLD where peer languages may differ between children with DLD enrolled in special education versus regular education. More information
Post-doc researcher University of Amsterdam (ABC grant).
(01 January 2022 - 30 April 2023)
University of Amsterdam