Hans Rutger Bosker

Biography

How is it possible to have a proper conversation, even when the speaker is talking very fast, talks with a lisp, or produces uhm's all the time?

How is it possible that people can communicate successfully, even in loud traffic noise, with competing talkers around, or when having to multitask?

I am intrigued by the relative ease with which people seem to speak and listen in everyday conversations. As the lead researcher of the TEMPoral Organization of Speech (TEMPOS) research cluster, I have a particular interest in temporal variation in speech, such as speech rate, speech rhythm, amplitude envelope modulations, neural entrainment of brain oscillations to speech, prosody, speech reductions, and disfluencies.

For some video and audio examples of my research, see Public Outreach below.

For a list of publications, see my publications and presentations pages.

Voor gastlezingen en media-optredens kunt u contact opnemen via het emailadres hierboven. Voor voorbeelden zie Public Outreach hieronder en mijn blog bij Psychology Today.

 

Teaching

Courses

  • 2017: Fonetiek [Phonetics] (BA course, Nijmegen)
  • 2017: Introduction to R (IMPRS course, MPI). Designed and taught together with Joe Rodd. Download the zipped tutorial materials (from 2017).
  • 2014-2019: Statistics with R (EMLAR, Utrecht University). Download the latest zipped tutorial materials (from 2019).

 

Lectures

2019
  • Trends and Topics in Neurolinguistics, International Summer School (MAs/PhDs; Nijmegen)

2018
  • Speech Comprehension (MA, Nijmegen)

2016
  • Phonetics (BA, Nijmegen)
  • Speech Perception (BA Honours Course, Nijmegen)
  • Second Language Acquisition (MA, Nijmegen)

2015
  • Phonetics (BA, Nijmegen)
  • Speech Perception (BA Honours Course, Nijmegen)
  • Second Language Acquisition (MA, Nijmegen)

2013
  • Second Language Acquisition (MA,Utrecht)
  • Introduction to Language and Communication (BA, Utrecht)

 

Public Outreach

Popular science activities

  • Museum Jeugd Universiteit, Museon, Den Haag, 2nd October 2016.

  • Science of Tomorrow lectures, Museon, Den Haag, 15th March 2016.
  • MPI Open Day, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, 27th June 2015.
  • Science Live, speech rate experiment in NEMO museum, Amsterdam, Febr-May 2015.
 

TV interview

  • Hart van Nederland (SBS6), 26th May 2014.

 

Radio interviews

  • De Ochtendspits (BNR), 17th Jul 2019.


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  • Nieuws en Co (Radio 1, NOS), 15th Mar 2019.
    Cavemen hardly said the sounds -f and -v


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  • Nieuws en Co (Radio 1, NOS), 18th Oct 2016.
    Rhythmicity in the speech of Clinton vs. Trump


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  • Wekker Wakker (Omroep Max), 20th July 2015.


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  • Spitsuur (BNR), 20th May 2014.


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  • De Kennis van Nu (NTR), 20th May 2014.


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  • Utrecht komt thuis (Radio M Utrecht), 20th May 2014.


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  • Cappuccino (NCRV), 24th May 2014, webcam recording.

  • De Taalstaat (KRO), 24th May 2014.


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  • Gijs 2.0 (KRO), 26th May 2014.


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  • Evers staat op (Radio 538), 30th May 2014.


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Written media

Discover Magazine, "There’s A Good Reason for Why We ‘Uh’ and ‘Um’ When We Talk". By Lacy Schley for Discover Magazine, 6th March 2019.

Earth.com, "People adjust to interruptions in speech to predict what comes next". By Chrissy Sexton for Earth.com, 6th March 2019.

Sciency Daily, "People track when talkers say ‘uh’ to predict what comes next". Popular science website, 6th March 2019.

NRC, "Het woordje 'eigenlijk' kondigt een verrassing aan". Dutch national newspaper, 10th Sept 2018.

De Standaard, "Wat betekent 'eigenlijk' nu eigenlijk?". Belgian national newspaper, 10th Sept 2018.

Kennislink, "Ritme cruciaal om getrommelde taal te verstaan". Popular science news site, 26th Apr 2018.

Spiegel, "Hilft Alkohol beim Sprechen von Fremdsprachen?". German newspaper, 27th Oct 2017.

Welt, "Alkohol hilft womöglich bei der Aussprache". German newspaper, 27th Oct 2017.

Berliner Morgenpost, "Alkohol hilft womöglich bei der Aussprache". German newspaper, 27th Oct 2017.

Kennislink, "Eigen spreeksnelheid beïnvloedt wat je hoort". Popular science news site, 23rd Jan 2017.

Kennislink, "Ritmische spraak geeft Clinton voorsprong op Trump". Popular science news site, 3rd Nov 2016.

Het Parool, "Onderzoek als museumattractie". Dutch national newspaper, 30th May 2015.

Kennislink, "Een kijkje in het hoofd van rappe sprekers". Popular science news site, 12th May 2015.

New Scientist, "Eh zeggen is nuttig". Popular science magazine, no. 13, July/August 2014.

Quest, "Waanzinnige wetenschap: het nut van soort van stopwoordjes zoals bijvoorbeeld 'zeg maar'". Popular science magazine, 27th June 2014.

7days, "Zeg eens eh". Weekly newspaper for children aged 12-18, 30th May 2014.

Kidsweek, "'Eh...' is helemaal zo gek nog niet". Weekly newspaper for children aged 0-12, 29th May 2014.

Algemeen Dagblad, "Het woordje uh heeft echt een functie". Dutch national newspaper, 26th May 2014 [jpg image].

NRC, "Het grote nut van het stopwoordje 'eh'". Dutch national newspaper, 22nd May 2014 [jpg image].

NRC Next, "Eh... en dan nu iets belangrijks!". Dutch national newspaper, 22nd May 2014.

 

 

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