Within the University of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) represents the thriving linguistics community, which has ranked highest in continental Europe on the QS World University Rankings by Subject for years (15th worldwide in 2019).
It is characterized by its broad scope: Linguists from various theoretical approaches, including Functional Discourse Grammar, Generative Grammar, Neural Networks, and Optimality Theory fruitfully collaborate in research and teaching. These theoretical perspectives are applied to different modalities of language (speech, signing, writing), variation in time (diachrony), variation in space (dialectal variation and language contact), first and second language acquisition, multilingualism, language creation (i.e., the study of Creole languages), language loss (pathology/disorders), and communication. Language is thus explored in the broadest possible sense, to uncover the underlying principles and mechanisms of our language system and the use of this system in communication.
The ACLC is embedded in the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics LOT ( Landelijke Onderzoeksschool Taalwetenschap), which offers courses to graduate students in linguistics, organises annual national linguistics conferences, and publishes PhD dissertations written in The Netherlands.