Human language is the most powerful communication system that evolution has produced. It is the basis of culture and social life. It comes in many forms (> 6000 languages today). At the same time it is deeply rooted in the neurobiology of the human brain. The overarching quest of our programme is to account for, and understand, the balance between universality and variability at all relevant levels of the language system and the interplay with different cognitive systems, such as memory, action, and cognitive control.
To achieve this, Language in Interaction brings together 70 researchers from eight universities and one research institute within the Netherlands to understand this unique capacity in its full glory.
The consortium was awarded a very substantial subsidy for 10 years within the Gravitation programme. This programme, initiated by the Dutch government and NWO, encourages outstanding and innovative research by consortia of top researchers in the Netherlands.
Language in Interaction is therefore a consortium of individual researchers with an excellent track record in sciences and humanities related to language and cognition. It is not a consortium of institutes or institutions, although all researchers involved have their own institutional affiliations.
Language in Interaction Continues
On December 12, 2016 the Minister of Education, Culture and Science informed us with pleasure that she will continue funding for Language in Interaction in the period 2017-2023.
During 2016, a mid-term evaluation took place for all Gravitation consortia from 2012. All consortia provided a self-evaluation, and in addition gave a presentation and were interviewed by an external evaluation committee, established by NWO. The evaluation committee formulated an advice inculding recommendations for the governing board of NWO. In turn, NWO provided the Minister with an advice.
The evaluation committee was of the opinion that the Language in Interaction consortium is very well on track for achieving the set goals within the Gravitation funding. Both the committee and the Minister concluded that LiI will also be funded for the second phase of five years.
In collaboration with Kennislink.nl we developed a themepage "Talking about Language" (in Dutch).
Kennislink.nl is the largest popular science website in the Dutch language area and reaches more than 2.7 million visitors per year. Several new articles discussing diverse topics involving "language" will be added every month.
To download the published articles as pdf, see our download section.