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The Language and Cognition group maintains a number of field sites around the world (listed below), where languages are described often for the first time. The research involves language description from the ground up: developing a writing system, producing grammars and dictionaries, and the collection of video- and audiotape so that it can be transcribed and annotated as a permanent record in the institute's archives.

Expertise is also maintained in the following languages, both within the group and through external collaboration:

American Sign Language, Argentine Sign Language, Avatime, Biak, British Sign Language, Cantonese, Cha'palaa, Chintang, Cross-Signing, Dalabon, Duna, Dutch, English, Ewe, Farsi, French, German, Guambiano, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Jahai, Jalonke, Japanese, Kalasha, Kri, Kuuk Thaayorre, Lao, Lavukaleve, Likpe, Lowland Chontal, Malay, Mandarin, Maniq, Menggwa Dla, Mian, Miraña, Mor, Moroccan Arabic, Murrinh-Patha, Otomi, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Romansch, Savosavo, Slovak, Spanish, Sranan, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Tidore, Tiriyó, Touo, Turkish, Turkmen, Wa, Yoruba, Yucatec, Yurakaré, Zapotec.

Last checked 2018-07-30 by Mark Dingemanse
Language and Cognition


Street address
Wundtlaan 1
6525 XD Nijmegen
The Netherlands

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

Phone: +31-24-3521276
Fax: +31-24-3521213


Stephen C. Levinson

Edith Sjoerdsma