The city dialect of Nijmegen, known as Nimwèègs in the local vernacular, is a dialect spoken in the city of Nijmegen. This project aims at understanding the communicative place of Nimwèègs in the linguistic ecology of Nijmegen.
The focus of SPRINT is intonation, the modulation of voice pitch. Intonation is essential for communication, as it conveys information that helps listeners make inferences about the intent of the speaker.
This research project will investigate what determines successful learning of grammar by neural networks, and conduct this investigation with various languages differing in word order and morphological complexity.
Deaf people communicate by use of sign languages that differ from country to country, but they are known to communicate with remarkable ease across these language boundaries. This project aims to investigate this paradox.
A classic study shows that German sentences that contain nested dependencies between nouns and verbs are harder to understand that the Dutch versions with crossing dependencies. Our project replicates and improves on the study.
Previous work has shown that spoken language and hand gestures are closely related. This project uses the close relationship between speech and gesture by studying the use of gesture in second language acquisition.