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Research mission

Language is a uniquely human, complex communication system that is learnt, apparently effortlessly, in the first few years of a child’s life. The department’s goal will be to discover how children achieve this. We aim to build biologically plausible models of the learning mechanisms in the human brain, and to determine how these mechanisms use the information available in the child’s environment to develop adult language.

To achieve this, the work of the department will focus on three themes: Language in the Brain, Language across the World and Language over Development. Across all themes, studies will take place with children of all ages, and with adults. Studies will be multi-methodological, combining behavioural and neurological experiments with corpus data analysis and computational modelling. The themes will also be supplemented by a department-wide Innovations team, who will devise new methodologies (e.g. using virtual reality to manipulate features of the learning environment) and build big data tools for the automated collection and analysis of child language data.

More information can be downloaded here. In the meantime, to find out more about Caroline Rowland’s work, please have a look at the LuCiD Centre website:

The Language Development Department is an affiliate member of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and a member of the Baby and Child Research Centre at the Radboud University.

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Last checked 2018-01-18 by Nanjo Bogdanowicz
Language Development Department

Street address

Wundtlaan 1
6525 XD Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Mailing address
P.O. Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Phone:  +31 24 3521454


Director: Caroline Rowland

Secretary: Nanjo Bogdanowicz