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Werkgroep Over Taal (WOT)

What is WOT?

Being part of CLIN, WOT is a multilingual discussion and study platform for all linguists at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and beyond. The goal is to bring together young (at heart) linguistic researchers who want to share their research in exchange for tips and tricks of their peers. The fields discussed range from sociolinguistics to second language acquistion to neurolinguistics (and much more). Besides presentations, we also offer workshops and plan on organizing more informal get-togethers as well. 

On this page you can find our previous speakers and topics, as well as the upcoming presentations and workshops.

If you wish to join one of our upcoming lectures or workshops, or you are interested in giving a talk on your topic, you are requested to contact the supervisors:,


Dear colleagues, students, WOT-enthusiasts, 

Due to the corona virus, all WOT sessions are unfortunately canceled until further notice. 
As soon as we can organize new presentations and workshops 'corona proof', we will let you know. 
We hope to see you all back quickly! 

Stay stafe and healthy

Rachel and Yasmin 


Upcoming discussions

! CANCELED ! March 13th, 12:00-13:00: Presentation by Kristel Doreleijers on Language change and variation in Dutch and Dutch dialects (Tilburg University) - new date TBD

! CANCELED !  April 24th, 12:00-13:00: Presentation by Romeo De Timmerman on language variation in blues music (UGent) 

! CANCELED !  June 12th, 15:00-16:00: Presentation by Sophie Martini on math and language in a multilingual educational setting (Univeristy of Luxembourg) 


  • All WOT-seminars take place in the professorenzaal 5.C.402., unless anounced otherwise. 
  • Note: during midday sessions a small lunch is provided, if the session is in the afternoon we offer coffee and cake. 

Previous WOT discussions

21/02/2020 Miss Eva Koch Vrije Universiteit Brussel Workshop on eye-tracking as a method in linguistic research
16/12/2019 Miss Yasmin Crombez Vrije Universiteit Brussel What to Choose? Lexical Preference as a Road into Respondents’ Attitudes towards English Loanwords
16/12/2019 Miss Paola Mureddu Vrije Universiteit Brussel The influence of L2 on L1: a study of homographs and cognates in English and Italian


Miss Carolin Schneider University of Duisburg-Essen ’Bueno, uhm’ – Interjections as a Code-switching Practice among People living with Alzheimer’s Dementia
04/06/2019 Miss Graziela Dekeyser  KU Leuven

Lost in Translation? Emotional Confusion among Ethnolinguistic Minority Children: A Family Approach


Miss Ily Hollebeke & Miss Rachida Aghallaj


KU Leuven

Promoting early multilingualism in childhood and childcare: Family language policy and parents’ perspectives on communication with professionals


Mr. Francisco Miguel Valada

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The effects of instruction on the acquisition of phonological distinctions in a second language: the case of Portuguese


Mr. Nathan Vandeweerd

Miss Rachel Rubin 

VUB/ UCLouvain Lexicogrammatical complexity in Learner Language
30/11/2018 Mr. Víctor Pérez Béjar  Universidad de Sevilla Suspended clauses in Spanish
30/11/2018 Mr. Serge Bibauw  KU Leuven Dialogue-based CALL: a multilevel meta-analysis
16/11/2018 Mr. Peng Bi   Syntactic Complexity Development for Chinese EFL Learners: Insights from an Annotated Learner Corpus
04/09/2018 Miss Jinling Li  University of Tilburg

Chineseness as a Moving Target: Changing infrastructures of the Chinese Diaspora in the Netherlands




Miss Kathy MinHye Kim Michigan State University

Sleep-dependent consolidation of second language grammar knowledge: The pre-sleep awareness status matters

22/06/2018 Miss Clara Ureña Tormo Universidad de Alcalá Teaching Spanish idioms from a Cognitive Linguistics perspective


Dr. Nanna Hilton

University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Stimmen: A Citizen Science Approach to LVC


Miss Isa Hendrikx

Université Catholique de Louvain

Intensifying constructions in French-speaking L2 learners of Dutch or English: Longitudinal results


Miss Vanessa De Wilde 

Universiteit Gent

Uncovering covert knowledge of English in children


Miss Iris Van de Voorde

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Introduction to PhD project “Pluricentricity in language history. Building blocks for an integrated history of Dutch (1550-1850)”


Miss Geòrgia Pujadas Jorba

University of Barcelona

Focus and non-focus L2 learning through subtitles and captions


Mr. Toivo Glatz

University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Game-based literacy training in Dutch


Dr. Memet Aktürk-Drake

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

When divergent state ideologies converge on mother-tongue instruction in immigrant languages: The case of Turkish in Western Europe


Dr. Hanneke Loerts

University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

The awful Dutch gender system: ERPs reveal difficulties in gender processing in native and bilingual Dutch speakers


Prof. Dr. Niels Schiller 

Leiden University (The Netherlands)

Morphological Processing in Language Production


Joint lecture: Miss Carmen Pascual & Miss Marina González Sanz 

Universitat de València (CP) & Universidad de Sevilla (MGS)

The Impact of CLIL in a Multilingual Context: the Valencian Region (CP) & Influence of gender and role on interruptions in the Political Talk Show (MGS)


Miss Eva Koch

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Incidental second language morphosyntactic learning in conversation: The acquisition of stem allomorphy in German strong verbs by adult native speakers of Dutch


Prof. Bertha Gregoria Salvador Jiménez

Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" de Las Villas, Cuba

Presentation on the phonological system of Spanish and some procedures for its acquisition