Six NWO grants for FGW researchers: this is what scientists are going to do

Six projects from the Faculty of Humanities recently received grants of up to 750,000 euros from the NWO Open Competition. Researchers involved tell how they will spend this money.

Crossing language borders – Felix Ameka, Maria del Carmen Parafita Couto, Enoch Aboh (UvA)

‘Humans have the fascinating ability to use distinct languages in the same conversation. Also, multilinguals can integrate elements from their languages into a single utterance. This practice, known as code-switching, tends to be stigmatised in the European context, but is common and favoured in other parts of the world where multilingualism is the norm. Because of this, our project focuses on two countries, Benin and Belize, where the use of multiple languages is preferred in communication.’

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