Landelijke Onderzoeksschool Taalwetenschap

In the LOT graduate school, nine major research institutes/groups of linguistics in the Netherlands have joined forces:

  • Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication
    The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) is a research institute of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, in which researchers studying linguistics in its broadest sense collaborate. The ACLC focuses on the study of both functionally and formally oriented linguistic research. The strength of ACLC is the broadness of its research and the interaction between the different types of approaches.
  • Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
    LUCL is a research institute and graduate school of the linguists at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University. It unites the linguistic research and teaching at Leiden University. LUCL is also responsible for the Academic Language Centre as well as for most language teaching within the Faculty.
  • Center for Language Studies Nijmegen
    The Nijmegen Centre for Language Studies (CLS; is part of the Radboud University’s Faculty of Arts. Its researchers work in interdisciplinary teams focusing on language systems and their variation, language processing and cognition, discourse and communication, and first and second language acquisition. They investigate language in all its modalities, from speech and text to gestures, signs, and images. CLS highly values diversity in research techniques, applying observational, behavioural and neurocognitive methods, as well as computational modelling and automatic analysis of collections of text, speech and signs.
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Department of Language, Literature & Communication
    Linguistic research of the faculty of Humanities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) is highly cross-disciplinary in its orientation and organization. Linguistic researchers are members of the interdisciplinary and cross-faculty Network Institute. Research centers within the Network Institute put this this cross-disciplinary approach into practice, e.g. the Amsterdam Gesture Center, the Language and Hearing Center Amsterdam and the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab. Focal areas of linguistic research are English as a second language, multimodal communication, linguistic typology, language use in medical and forensic settings, computer modelling of natural language, and language acquisition in children with hearing difficulties.
  • Center for Language and Cognition Groningen
    The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen is a research institute within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. It is the institutional home for all the linguistic research carried out within the faculty. CLCG is also affiliated with various research schools. These are are Dutch organizations which seek to coordinate scientific activity on a supra-faculty or even national, level.
  • Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
    The Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS is a research institute of the Faculty of Arts of Utrecht University. UiL OTS aims at developing scientific expertise in the systems underlying language, speech and their use. It sets out to achieve this goal by carrying out a research programme comprising fundamental research in these areas, by furthering the application of the insights thus obtained, and by offering a high-quality graduate programme to qualified PhD-students. UiL OTS participates in the national research schools LOT: the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics and also participates in the graduate Network Logica.
  • Meertens Instituut (KNAW)
    The Meertens Institute, established in 1926, has been a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, KNAW) since 1952. We study the diversity in language and culture in the Netherlands. Our focus is on contemporary research into factors that play a role in determining social identities in the Dutch society. Our main fields are: 1. ethnological study of the function, meaning and coherence of cultural expressions 2. strucural, dialectological and sociolinguistic study of language variation within Dutch in the Netherlands, with the emphasis on grammatical and onomastic variation. The results of our research are presented in a number of publications. The institute also publishes its own books. We also organize workshops, symposiums and conferences on a regular basis. Apart from research, the institute also concerns itself with documentation and providing information to third parties in the field of Dutch language and culture. We possess a large library, with numerous collections and a substantive documentation system, of which databases are a substantive part.
  • Department of Communication and Information sciences Tilburg University
    The Department of Communication and information sciences hosts about 50 staff members, who are working in the broad field of communication and information studies. Research interests include human aspects of information technology, knowledge representation, discourse studies, non verbal communication, multimodal communication. The departement hosts a newly established center of Creative Computing (Tilburg center of Creative Computing TICC). In the field of teaching, the department is responsible for a flourishing teaching programme Communication and Information Sciences, with each year about 100 new bachelor students, 60 premaster students and about 100 master students.
  • Department of Culture Studies Tilburg University
    The Department of Culture Studies is a junction of the former groups of Intercultural Communication and General Cultural Sciences. Members of the department teach courses in the bachelor and master's programme's Intercultural Communication and General Cultural Sciences and the Research Master's Programme in Language and Communication of the Faculty of Humanities. Within the interfaculty Centre for Studies of the Multicultural Society: Babylon, the department participates in the minor programme Studies of the Multicultural Society and the master track Organisation of Cultural Diversity.
  • Fryske Akademy, Department of Linguistics
    Since its creation in 1938, the Fryske Akademy has conducted fundamental and applied scientific research into the Frisian language, history, and culture. The institute is based in Leeuwarden (Ljouwert), and our work is made possible by the support of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Province of Fryslân. The Fryske Akademy is the expert centre for the Frisian language and is happy to share its language databases, academic library and expert knowledge with other scholars. We develop digital tools for both researchers and everyday language users. In addition, the Fryske Akademy has a long-standing tradition in multilingual education and minority languages and has ample experience with language policy advice. With its bi- and trilingual schools, two official languages (Dutch and Frisian), hundreds of thousands of bilingual speakers, and a number of contact varieties, Frisia is a natural laboratory for the study of multilingualism and language contact.

National collaboration

LOT collaborates with a number of other graduate schools and research institutes on curricular matters, knowledge utilization and research infrastructure. These include:

International collaboration

LOT collaborates with the following universities on curricular matters:

LOT senior researchers are prominent members of the international linguistic community. For international collaborations of various research groups, see the institutional websites.