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Our researchers work on the big questions of linguistics: from language technology to genetics, from brain research to sign language, and from rhetoric and influence to language acquisition and psycholinguistics.


Researchers from various faculties and research institutes are working on interdisciplinary projects relating to Linguistics.

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Doctor and patient in consultation: who interrupts whom (and is that bad)?

Interruptions in a patient’s consultation with a GP are often considered as pushy actions of (male) doctors that hinder patients. Linguist Ilona Plug discovered that interruptions can actually benefit the course of the consultation.


Connectivity of language areas unique in the human brain

Neuroscientists have gained new insight into how our brain evolved into a language-ready brain.

In Memoriam Anne Cutler

Anne Cutler, Emeritus Professor of Comparative Psycholinguistics at Radboud University, died on 7 June.


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    How does one child actually acquire and use two different languages? The 2in1 project endeavours to ascertain how a bilingual child’s languages affect each other and the circumstances under which this occurs.

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    Elementary particles of conversation

    Words like oh, huh? and mmm may seem insignificant, but these words are also vital. The researchers from the Elementary Particles of Language project are looking at how these small words help us to steer our conversations and thoughts.

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