Speuren naar de bakermat van taal

A new NEMO Kennislink article is available. Please read the full article here

A new paper by BQ1

A new paper "Brain-optimized extraction of complex sound features that drive continuous auditory perception" has been released by Big Question 1. Please read the full paper here

"Linguistic Efficiency, Information Theory and the Limits of Human Rationality", a talk by Natalia Levshina

Natalia Levshina has been selected as a representative of the European Linguistics Society to give a talk within the Brazilian Linguistics Association project called "Abralin ao Vivo - Linguists Online".  The talk will take place on July 7, 00.00 (CET).


The talk will be recorded and freely available later. 

Vooral kennis maakt weerbaar tegen een pandemie

Investeren in onderwijs en onderzoek is nodig om een pandemie of een andere crisis aan te kunnen, schrijft Peter Hagoort, Akademiehoogleraar Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. Lees verder hier

How we understand each other in a shared cognitive space

Why are we able to so easily understand a word, a gesture, and even abstract combinations of colons, dashes and brackets? Arjen Stolk and Ivan Toni are on a mission to find out as part of the interdisciplinary Language in Interaction project. Read the full article here

PhD defense Stephanie Theves, June 23, 2020, 11:30 hrs

Stephanie will defend her PhD thesis entitled ‘Mapping conceptual knowledge acquisition in the hippocampal system' in the aula (Senaatszaal) of the Radboud University (Comeniuslaan 2, Nijmegen). The current regulations related to the coronacrisis require to submit a list of guests one week prior to the defense. If you would like to join, please send an e-mail to

Mondkapjes als communicatief struikelblok

A new NEMO Kennislink article is available. Please find the full article here

Gestures aid in communication from a distance or with face masks

Wearing face masks will be obligatory in public transport from June 1. This has an effect our communication with each other, for both deaf and hearing people. Asli Özyürek's research investigates the relations between cognition, language, communication and development. Her research helps us understand how we can use gestures to get around these new barriers in spoken communication. Reade here the full article. 

Waarom muziek je kippenvel kan bezorgen

A new NEMO Kennislink article is available. Please find the full article here.

Hoe kun je elkaar verstaan in een drukke kroeg?

Als de horeca weer open is, hoe maak je je dan goed verstaanbaar op 1,5 meter afstand? Onderzoeker Linda Drijvers legt in dit online college bij de Universiteit van Nederland uit dat communicatie meer is dan spraak alleen en hoe onze hersenen verschillende waarnemingen aan elkaar kunnen koppelen om zo toch te begrijpen wat er gezegd wordt.

PhD defense Yulia Berezutskaya

On 14 April 2020 Yulia Berezutskaya successfully received her PhD from UMC Utrecht with her thesis "Data-driven modeling of the neural dynamics underlying language processing". The defense took place online.

Christian Beckmann receives a Vici research grant!

Seven leading scientists, four from Radboud University and three from Radboud university medical center will each receive a 1.5 million euro Vici research grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Read the full article here.

Mensentaal is apentaal en meer!

Hoe verhouden mensentaal en communicatie van mensapen zich tot elkaar? Is mensentaal alleen meer van hetzelfde, of is het volkomen uniek? Bekijk de video here.

Lezen is verplichte kost!

A new NEMO Kennislink article is available. Please find the full article here.

James Trujillo's thesis defense and pre-defense symposium

February 13th, 2020

Pre-defense symposium  and  PhD thesis defense: “Movement Speaks for Itself: the Kinematic and Neural Dynamics of Communicative Action and Gesture”

Please find the whole programme here.

AVT/Anéla Dissertation Prize 2019 for Luis Miguel Rojas Berscia!

Luis Miguel Rojas Berscia (RU) is the winner of the 2019 AVT/Anéla Dissertation Prize for his dissertation From Kawapanan to Shawi. Topics in language variation and change.
Read the full article here.

The neurobiology of language beyond single-word processing

A new science paper by Peter Hagoort!
Read the full article here.

Radboud Science Awards 2019 voor Marcel van Gerven, Carla Rita Palmerino en Evan Spruijt

Hoe krijg je computers zo slim dat ze zelf een auto kunnen besturen? Hoe kunnen wij in onze gedachten succesvolle experimenten uitvoeren, zoals Galilei in de Gouden Eeuw al deed? Of is het binnenkort mogelijk om kunstmatige cellen te maken, die zichzelf kunnen delen en vermenigvuldigen?

Workshop "Rate and Rhythm in speech Recognition (R3)"

December 13th 2019, MPI, Nijmegen. Registration is free. Submit your poster abstract before October 4th 2019.

MIT book: Unique overview of human language

A unique overview of the human language faculty at all levels of organization!

A new opinion article by Judith Holler and Stephen Levinson in TiCS

Please read the full article here.

Drijvers et al. selected for Human Brain Mapping Editors’ Choice Award 2019!

Drijvers, L., Ozyurek, A. and Jensen, O (2018) Hearing and seeing meaning in noise: Alpha, beta, and gamma oscillations predict gestural enhancement of degraded speech comprehension.

Prof. Caroline Rowland, installed as professor by special appointment at Radboud University

Prof. Caroline Rowland has been installed professor by special appointment of First Language Acquisition at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Radboud University from 1 December 2018.

Symposium - Crossing the boundaries: Language in Interaction

April 09, 2019
Experts from different disciplines will explore how their fields of expertise can come  together to provide an integrated understanding of human language. More info

Workshop: Approaches to the study of language variation and change in indigenous minority languages (ASIMiL)

A workshop on language variation and change in indigenous minority languages.

Organisers: Luis Miguel Rojas-Berscia, Rita Eloranta, George Saad

Sponsors: Language in Interaction Research Consortium (LiI)

Date and location: April 3rd 2019, Vossiuszaal (Leiden University), 11:00-14:40

A new resource for research: A normed data base of gestures.

Recent paper from Gerardo Ortega and Asli Ozyurek
Systematic mappings between semantic categories and types of iconic representations in the manual modality: A normed database of silent gesture

A Novel Cause for Communication Deficits in Autism

An international team of researchers revealed that the communicative alterations characteristic of autism are due to difficulties in converging on a shared meaning with a communicative partner. This finding challenges previous accounts that trace communicative alterations in autism to perceptual biases, lack of social motivation, or cognitive perseveration.

Postdoc position in Linguistics

The Language in Interaction research consortium invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Linguistics. We are looking for a candidate with a background in theoretical and/or computational linguistics. Find more information here.

Peter Hagoort honored with Fellowship Cognitive Science Society

Language in Interaction is proud and happy to announce that Peter Hagoort has been honored with a Fellowship of the Cognitive Science Society. Please read more here.

Fourteen Radboud researchers in top 1 percent by citations

Four of them, Christian Beckmann, Jan Buitelaar, Barbara Franke and Ole Jensen are (ex-) members of the Language in Interaction consortium! Please read more here.


This Language in Interaction Symposium will be held on April 9, 2019 at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Please read more here!

ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Raquel Fernández

We are pleased to announce that Raquel Fernández has been awarded an ERC Consolidator, to work on Distributed dynamic representations for dialogue management (DREAM).

LiI work discussed on NPO Radio 4

Radio interview with Sanne Deurloo (chief editor for NEMOKennislink) on the difference between reading from paper or on your tablet, based on an article from the LiI-themepage "Over Taal Gesproken".

Newly identified disorder of human brain development

Our PhD Lot Snijders Blok and PI Simon Fisher participated in a larger research endeavour, resulting in a
newly identified disorder of human brain development, with macrocephaly and impaired speech and language.

‘Internationalisation creates a braingain’

Language in Interaction is a big melting pot of nationalities. Its researchers travel to places all over the world to exchange knowledge and strengthen each other. ‘Internationalisation creates a braingain


SimpTell is now available for free at
SimpTell is a web application that supports therapists in treating people with chronic (Broca's-)aphasia by teaching them to speak in ellipses (telegram style).

Article in The New Yorker on our PhD Luis Miguel Berscia

The Mystery of People Who Speak Dozens of Languages
What can hyperpolyglots teach the rest of us?

Scientists advocate new approach to linguistic research

Owing to decades of neurobiological linguistic research, we know a lot about how language functions in the brain. Still, psycholinguistic research often misses important factors due to its limited attention to the context and language we use every day. Time for a new, interdisciplinary approach that is closer to natural language use, language researchers Roel Willems (Radboud University), Uri Hasson (University of Trento) and their colleagues propose in an article in Cognition.

LiI Proudly Presents

On September 07, 2018 15 of our PhDs appointed in the first phase of our consortium will present their work and most important findings.
LiI Proudly Presents!

Anne Cutler about other people

PI member Anne Cutler talks about the people she worked with, about language, and about women in science.
Summer interview

Floris de Lange appointed Professor

Our PI member Floris de Lange has been appointed Professor of Perception and Cognition at the Radboud University Faculty of Social Sciences with effect from 1 April 2018.

Lowlands 2018

Talking during a noisy festival: how do we do that?

Besides enjoying your favorite bands, there is more to experience at Lowlands. Contributing to science for instance. Our PhD student Linda Drijvers focused on how people communicate in 3D.

LiI research team at Lowlands

How do you communicate when you’re at a noisy festival? Our PhDs Linda Drijvers and James Trujillo will investigate this on 17, 18 and 19 August during Lowlands Festival.

NWO programme 'Refugees in Science'

Language in Interaction is open for applications within the new NWO pilot programme 'Refugees in Science'!
The aim is to fund one-year appointments for academics who have fled their home country and wish to continue their scientific career in the Netherlands.

Spin-off MindAffect given opportunity to help ALS patients

Thanks to an investment of 1 million euros, the company MindAffect (with our PI-member Peter Desain as one of its initiators) will start a unique ‘Brain Computer Interface’ to improve communication in ALS patients (and other groups). Applications within the gaming industry might be possible as well.

Peter Hagoort elected to National Academy of Sciences

The prestigious US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has selected Peter Hagoort, programme director of Language in Interaction as a foreign associate.

Three LiI members elected member of Dutch Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW)

Roshan Cools, Guillén Fernández, and Antje Meyer have been elected new member of the KNAW. Academy members are prominent researchers in their field, nominated by peers from within and outside the Academy.

New open access publication

from our PhD Linda Drijvers:

Hearing and seeing meaning in noise: Alpha, beta and gamma oscillations predict gestural enhancement of degraded speech comprehension. Human Brain Mapping

17 december 2017 taallezing van Peter Hagoort in Paradiso

Jolien Francken zal Peter Hagoort interviewen volgens het succesvolle format van Zomergasten.

Taal in het Paradijs

Taal kan verbinden, taal kan scheiden. Taal kan leiden tot beter begrip of juist verwarring veroorzaken. Met taal benoemen, duiden en structureren we de wereld om ons heen. Door middel van taal proberen wij ons met elkaar te verstaan. In de mini-serie ‘Taal in het Paradijs’ bespreken drie taalwetenschappers taal op verschillende niveaus: structuur, brein en communicatie.

Newly appointed professor

Marcel van Gerven appointed professor of Artificial Cognitive Systems

New book available

Get your hands on the newly released "Research Methods in Psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language: A Practical Guide", edited by Annette de Groot & Peter Hagoort!

PhD Linda Drijvers awarded!

Our PhD Linda Drijvers has been awarded the Christine Mohrmann Stipend 2017 by the Board of Directors of Radboud University. This stipend allows female PhD candidates to spend time abroad at a foreign university during their PhD project.

Big Question 4 workshop

Biq Question 4 has organized a workshop on individual differences in language skills.

Cognomics Workshop

We are happy to announce the COGNOMICS Conference 2017 with the topic of "Neurogenomics" to be held on the 7th and 8th of September 2017

Barbara Franke elected member of Dutch Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW)

Visual context enhanced

The joint contribution of iconic gestures and visible speech to degraded speech comprehension.

Linda Drijvers and Asli Ozyurek have shown that when perceiving degraded speech in a visual context, listeners benefit more from having both iconic co-speech gestures and visible speech present as visual articulators compared with 1.

Deaf children prefer to use signs that look like the action they refer to

In many sign languages objects have two possible signs. One represents the action associated with the object and the other resembles its physical shape. Researchers from Radboud University and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics have shown that these different resemblances matter for deaf children learning a sign language.

PhD position available!

The 4-year PhD position focuses on language function in stroke and small vessel disease. The candidate will carry out research as a member of the PI group of the Donders Centre for Cognition and Radboud University Medical Centre under Dr Vitória Piai’s supervision. More information.

Look back at Summerschool

Our summer school on "Human Language: : From Genes and Brains to Behavior" was a great success!

PhD Linda Drijvers on BNR Radio

Linda Drijvers was interviewed by BNR Radio about her PhD research on iconic gestures, noisy speech and brain oscillations (in Dutch).

Summer school Language in Interaction

The speakers of our Summer school 'Human Language: From Genes and Brains to Behavior' are known. Please check the Summer school website for the full programme.

New Kennislink Article!

"Which genes cause language and speech disorders?"

Annual Report 2015

Our Annual Report 2015 is now available as download.

Harold Bekkering elected member of Dutch Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW)

Harold Bekkering, PI of the Language in Interaction consortium and Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Radboud University has been elected to the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences.

VIDI subsidy for Andre Marquand

Our member Andre Marquand received a Vidi-subsidy within the "Vernieuwingsimpuls" of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

New app: YVO

Learning how to build sentences with words. That is the purpose of the new language app Yvo, which is also good for old fashioned game entertainment. Yvo is similar to Scrabble or Wordfeud, but this time the players have words at their disposal which they must place on a joint digital game board in order to compose sentences.

New Kennislink Article!

Yvo app lets you play Scrabble with words

New Kennislink Article!

Researchers compile brain atlas of word meanings.

Merel Burgering is new Face of Science

PhD Merel Burgering has been introduced as new Face of Science. FoS is an initiative from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the The Young Academy (DJA) providing a platform to a selection of PhDs in the Netherlands on which they will provide insights into their lives as young researcher and their scientific work by means of films, blogs, articles, and more.

New Special on Kennislink!

In the special "TaalTalent" Kennislink follows three PhD candidates from our consortium. All of them study language in the brain, but from totally different angles.

Linda Drijvers is new Face of Science

PhD Linda Drijvers has been introduced as new Face of Science. FoS is an initiative from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the The Young Academy (DJA) providing a platform to a selection of PhDs in the Netherlands on which they will provide insights into their lives as young researcher and their scientific work by means of films, blogs, articles, and more.

New Kennislink Article!

Speed reading works to the detriment of comprehension

Han Brunner receives King Faisal Prize

Professors Han Brunner (member Language in Interaction) and Joris Veltman have won the King Faisal Prize in the category of Medicine, referred to by some as the ‘Arab Nobel Prize’. The researchers, who play a leading role in clinical genetics, will travel to Saudi Arabia to receive the prize from the king in March.

New Kennislink Article!

Language is in our genes, but where?

New Kennislink Article!

"We are all becoming a homo universalis" Google creates space in our brain for creativity

Nijmegen Lectures 2016

The Nijmegen Lectures 2016 will take place on January 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2016. Title: (Un)conventional wisdom: Three neurobiological provocations about brain and language. Lecturer David Poeppel

Amsterdam Colloquium

The 2015 edition will be held at the University of Amsterdam on 16-18 December.

Holst Memorial Lecture Award for Bas Bloem

Bas Bloem, professor of Neurology and member of Language in Interaction, has received this year's prestigious Holst Memorial Lecture Award. He received the award in recognition of his research and efforts on innovating patient health care.

New Kennislink Article!

Interview with Minister Jet Bussemaker for our themepage "Over Taal Gesproken".

JSMF grant awarded to Ole Jensen

Ole Jensen has been awarded a grant by the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Jensen, who is Professor at Radboud University, is one of five world-leading experts who receive the award jointly to foster their collaboration.

Alzheimer-disposition compromises the brain’s ‘GPS’ in young adults

An international research team led by Christian Doeller shows that a genetically increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease affects a brain region known as ‘the brain’s GPS’ in healthy young adults.

New Kennislink Article

Pointing is a universal human mechanism. For years, the pressing finger had a negative image because people would mostly use pointing from a self centered perspective. Neuroscientist David Peeters, however, did a surprising discovery: the poiting gesture appears to have a clear social intent.

Different memory resolutions map onto different brain locations

With Christian Doeller as one of the leaders of the study, neuroscientists from Radboud University’s Donders Institute have shown that memories of the same events co-exist at different resolutions in the brain. Coarse and fine memory scales are distributed across different parts of the hippocampus, a brain area that plays an important part in memory.

Barbara Franke elected as member of the Academia Europaea

Barbara Franke, PI in the Language in Interaction consortium and Professor of Molecular Psychiatry has been elected as member of the Academia Europaea.

Luis Berscia in VOX Magazine

PhD Luis Berscia was interviewed by VOX, the independant magazine of Radboud University (Dutch).
On being a polyglot, speaking 17(!) languages, and his work as researcher at the Max Planck Intstitute.

Congres Het Talige Brein

Nieuwe inzichten voor het onderwijs van morgen
Het congres Het Talige Brein is bedoeld voor onderwijsprofessionals uit het primair, voortgezet en speciaal onderwijs.

Drongo Festival

Our consortium will be present at The Netherland's largest language festival Drongo on September 25-26 2015.

New wing of Max Planck Institute opened by Princess Laurentien

The new wing of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics enables the institute to house all the main disciplines of the language sciences under the same roof. The wing endorses the unique multidisciplinary position held by this institute in the area of language research.

Mirjam Ernestus elected to the KNAW Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences

Mirjam Ernestus, PI of the Language in Interaction consortium and Professor of Psycholinguistics at Radboud University has been elected to the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. Academy members are prominent researchers in their field, nominated by peers from within and outside the Academy.

Anne Cutler elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Anne Cutler, main applicant of Language in Interaction and emeritus director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. The Royal Society is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth.

Insight creates new memories in the brain

For the first time, scientists were able to visualize how the brain recombines memories of past events when these are complemented by new information.

VICIs for two PIs in the Language in Interaction consortium.

Both Roshan Cools and Asli Özyürek acquired a NWO VICI grant of 1.5 million Euro each.

How fast can YOU speak?

Some people talk a lot faster than others. We all have friends, neighbors, colleagues talking so fast that we can hardly follow, and others that sometimes talk painfully slow. Although the differences in speaking rate are obvious and very important in everyday life, we do not quite understand their causes.

Prof. Asifa Majid receives Ammodo KNAW Award 2015 for Humanities

The Ammodo KNAW Award is established to encourage independent, fundamental research in the Netherlands.

Nijmegen Lectures 2015: call for abstracts

Date: February 25-27. The series of lectures on the topic "The Origin Of Abstract Thought" will be given by Elizabeth Spelke and Susan Carey, Harvard University Cambridge, USA.

Subtitle glasses in action!

On December 7, 2014 (19:45) the Dutch TV program "De Kennis van Nu" was about Niels Schiller's 'subtitle glasses'. Dutch astronaut André Kuipers tested what benefits it offers to deaf people.

New Kennislink Articles! (Dutch)

1. Crossing the Amazone in that little boat?
2. Live subtitling using your glasses!

Spinoz@Night 2014

Spinoz@Night is a new talk show from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research. You will meet scientists who can change the world!

Prof. Muysken at Drongofestival

Looking back at history and forward to future of "Afrikaans" as language.

Workshop on

Language Evolution and Diversity
October 30-31, 2014

Launch of Woordwolk App

On October 9 Peter Desain gave a talk on communication support via Apps at a public event of the Brain Society in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. Two apps were launched and demonstrated.

Award for Prof dr. Toni

On 24 Sep 2014, Prof. dr. Toni wll receive a Radboud Science Award.

This annual award from the wetenschapsknooppunt at Radboud University encourages collaboration between scientists and primary schools to provoke pupils' curiosity for science. The collaboration will yield teaching materials for primary schools based on Toni's' research on understanding, 

Nijmegen approach for Parkinson conquers America

Radboudumc (Prof dr. Bas Bloem) and Kaiser Permanente, one of America's leading health care providers and non-profit health insurance companies, work together to provide parkinsonian patients with the highest quality care.

New Kennislink Article! (Dutch)

Understanding each other is more than choosing the right words and gestures. Your brain is always trying to estimate whether your interlocutor understands you, and your response is unconsciously adjusted.

Antje Meyer member of Academia Europaea

Antje Meyer, PI in WP5, has been appointed as a member of the Academy of Europe.

Proud Sponsor of SNL 2014

Language in Interaction will be present as main sponsor at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neurobiology of Language 2014.

New article on Kennislink!

Babies are born with the ability to learn all the languages in the world, because they are still able to hear the difference between all possible tones. However, the sooner a baby zooms in on his mother tongue, the greater his vocabulary will be later in life.

Themepage Kennislink online

In collaboration with, the largest popular science website in the Dutch language area, we launched our themepage "Talking about Language" (in Dutch).

Website online!

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