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Marloes Oomen and Imme Lammertink have been awarded a Veni grant from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Both Marloes and Imme defended their PhD dissertations at the ACLC UvA in 2020.

The Veni is aimed at researchers who have recently obtained their PhD and who demonstrate a striking talent for scientific research. In 2021, 577 researchers from the Social Sciences and Humanities applied for a Veni grant from NWO, of which 60 were successful. Across all disciplines, a total of 1280 researchers applied for a Veni, of which 167 could be awarded funding. Laureates receive up to €280,000, with which they can carry out research for up to three years. 

Project Description - Marloes Oomen

Cat – there. Soap – where? Abstract use of space in Sign Language of the Netherlands

In sign language conversations, people, animals, and things often get associated with seemingly random locations in space: sign ‘cat’ and point to the right, then point again to refer to that same cat. This research identifies the unwritten rules signers apply when picking out spatial locations to represent such referents.

Marloes is currently working as a postdoc at the ILLC and will carry out her Veni at the ACLC. 

Dr M. (Marloes) Oomen

Faculty of Humanities


Project Description - Imme Lammertink

When language is not a given

Language acquisition is not a given for every child. Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) have severe difficulties acquiring language without a clear cause. This project investigates how the nature of children’s language input affects the ease with which children learn language. This project is unique because it focuses on the role that peer language input rather than parental or teacher input plays during language development. This question is particularly relevant in the educational context of Dutch children with DLD where peer languages may differ between children with DLD enrolled in special education versus regular education.

Imme is currently working at the ACLC on an ABC postdoc project and will carry out her Veni at Radboud University.