Veni grant for Imme Lammertink for research into Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in children

Date of news: 11 April 2022

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to five young researchers of the Radboud University. With this grant of up to 280.000 euro they can further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. One of these researchers is Imme Lammertink.

Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who recently obtained their doctorate. Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of the NWO Talent Programme, and is awarded every year.

Dr Imme Lammertink (Centre for Language Studies, CLS) will use her Veni for research into Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in children. Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) have severe difficulties acquiring language without a clear cause. Lammertink will investigate 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.