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Petra Hendriks appointed member of KNAW

18 May 2016
Petra Hendriks
Petra Hendriks

Prof. Petra Hendriks, Professor of Semantics and Cognition at the Faculty of Arts, has been appointed a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The KNAW has appointed a total of 16 new members.

Petra Hendriks

Petra Hendriks is Professor of Semantics and Cognition at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen, and is Director of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG). Hendriks is an internationally influential researcher in the discipline of linguistics, combining theoretical analysis and psycholinguistic methods in her work. She researches how language comprehension normally develops, but also how this can deviate from the norm in specific groups, such as children with autism, ADHD or hearing impairments. She also focuses much attention in her research on how speakers take into account how listeners hear and understand them.


The more than five hundred members of the KNAW are prominent academic researchers, working in all fields of scholarly research. Appointment is based on academic achievement and is for life. The KNAW advises the Dutch government on developments in the academic world, promotes national and international cooperation in academia, is actively involved in the quality assessment of academic research and is responsible for fifteen academic research institutes.

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