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Research projects Culture, Language & Technology

Below an overview of all research within the flagship Culture, Language & Technology.

Name project Description Researchers/Research partners Financed by Start & (expected) end date
Minorities, Migration, Mediation: Expressing Sense of Belonging in Multilingual Europe What is the role of multilingual authors in minority literatures as intellectual leaders in processes of integration and segregation? To answer this question, this research aims to develop a model by comparing localised minorities (especially in Fryslân) with migrant minorities. By bringing aspects of cultural leadership into the discourse on multilingualism, this project hopes to create a hands-on understanding for the challenges of modern society. J.D. (Jesse) van Amelsvoort (Campus Fryslân); supervisors: prof. dr. G.T. (Goffe) Jensma - RUG/Frysk; prof. dr. M.C. (Margriet) van der Waal - RUG/Euroculture; dr. M. (Matt) Coler (Campus Fryslân) University of Groningen/Campus Fryslân 01-09-2017 - 31-08-2021
Phoenix Humans have been exploring the world from the depths of the oceans to the edges of the universe. Yet many environments remain inaccessible, even to modern cutting-edge technology. Therefore problems like exploring the status of waste water under the Fukushima reactor, or discover suitable sites for underground CO2 storage remain unsolved. Our aim is to investigate a new line of technology that will enable the exploration of difficult-to-access environments exploiting a risky, highly-novel approach called Phoenix. TU/Eindhoven, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Antea Nederland BV, University of Groningen – Campus Fryslân, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – Comptational Intelligence Group, University of Trento Horizon-2020 "Future and Emerging Technologies" (FET) 2015
ID3AS ID3AS is an application-oriented research and development initiative in the field of sensor technology and sensor applications in the German-Dutch border region. Hochschule Osnanbruek, Hanze, University of Groningen – Campus Fryslân and many others Interreg VA 2015
Minority Languages, Major Opportunities (COLING) COLING promotes and develops sustainable measures for language revitalization and maintenance. The project is funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE scheme within HORIZON 2020 and runs from January 2018 to December 2021. The project gives researchers and non-academic stakeholders opportunities to exchange knowledge and join forces in implementing sustainable measures for language revitalization and maintenance. University Warsaw, Yale, Smithsonian Institution, University College London Horizon2020 - Marie S Curie - RISE January 2018 - December 2021
Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity The goal of the Center is to promote cultural and linguistic diversity worldwide, a goal which we accomplish through a number of funded research initiatives including: 1) the Polish Science Foundation TEAM grant “Language as a cure: linguistic vitality as a tool for psychological well-being, health and economic sustainability”; and 2) the Horizon-2020 Marie Curie RISE grant “Minority Languages, Major Opportunities” (with partners institutes including the Smithsonian, Yale, University of North Carolina, and many of the other members of the Center).

University of Warsaw, University College London, the Max Planck Institute, Leiden University, CF

Polish Academy of Sciences
Untangling Linguistic Salience In linguistics, the term “salience” lacks a precise definition, and so it is a big mystery what “salience” means. While many scholars think they know, many of the brightest minds disagree amongst themselves. Still, its theoretical status is often taken for granted, even though different researchers use salience to refer to different phenomena, including those relating to prominence and processing load. In this project, we aim to solving this puzzle once and for all. We aim to figure out what “salience” is, define how it can be measured, and explore scientific implications at the boundaries between linguistics, neuroscience, and perceptual psychology. V. Boswijk; H. Loerts; M. Coler; N.H. Hilton. 01-10-2017 - 2021
Recognising Parkinson’s Disease from Multilingual Voice How Parkinson’s disease manifest itself in the speech? Can medical experts reliably detect the disease based only on voice? To answer these questions, our research aims to analyse acoustic cues that are characteristic for Parkinson’s disease speech and to determine on which of them experts rely when diagnosing Parkinson’s. By bringing speech processing tools and expert knowledge together, this project hopes to gain more insight on production and perception of pathological speech as well as contribute to automatic detection of Parkinson’s disease. V. (Vass) Verkhodanova (Campus Fryslân); supervisors: prof. dr. W.M. (Wander) Lowie - RUG/CLCG and RUG/BCN; dr. R. (Roel) Jonkers - RUG/CLCG; dr. M. (Matt) Coler (Campus Fryslân) University of Groningen/Campus Fryslân 01-02-2017 - 31-01-2021
Communication strategies in Europen logistics In Europe, international truck drivers navigate diverse (linguistic) landscapes to keep the supply chain intact. Some of these drivers are proficient in several languages while others just speak a few words in a language other than their mother tongue, but all of them seem to be able to work together with other logistics professionals. Therefore, in collaboration with companies in the North of the Netherlands this study aims to answer the following question: How do proficiency and language ideologies affect the strategies that logistics professionals use for their multilingual workplace interactions? B.E. (Bianca) Dijkstra (Campus Fryslân); supervisors: prof. dr. G. (Gisela) Redeker - RUG/Communicatiekunde; dr. D. (Dorte) Lønsmann - Copenhagen Business School; dr. M. (Matt) Coler (Campus Fryslân) University of Groningen/Campus Fryslân 01-09-2017 - 31-08-2021
Listening to the buzz In this project, we explore how to expand our knowledge of regional relational structures and how they influence entrepreneurship by analysing big data to listen to the ‘buzz’ – the vibrancy and nature of localised informal communication flows. We use all geo-tagged Tweets across 168 NUTS3 regions in the UK for the year 2014 to analyse informal relational resources that underpin sharing and recombination of ideas defining regional capabilities to support and facilitate entrepreneurial processes. E.C. Folmer, C.Corradini (University of Birmingham),A. Rebmann (King's College London) British Academy / Leverhulme 01-09-2017 - 01-01-2020

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