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NWO grant for international research on language development among kids

07 July 2014

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research has decided to offer a grant to a project by dr. Angeliek van Hout, working at the Center for Language and Cognition of the University of Groningen. In collaboration with teams from eight different universities, Van Hout will do research on the way children learn sentence meaning in different languages.

The nine cooperating teams come from the universities of Groningen, Cambridge, Greenwich, Nantes, Milano-Bicocca, Nova de Lisboa, Autonoma Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (Berlin). In total 19 senior researchers will participate in the project to try and find an answer to the question ‘How do children learn sentence meaning?’.

The team plans to prepare a European research proposal to do more research on aspects of sentence meaning in different child languages, to see how the wide variation across languages determines the acquisition process. The kick-off meeting will take place in Nantes, France, in October this year. The team will conclude their research in 2017.
Last modified:07 July 2014 09.43 a.m.

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