On Friday September 29 and Saturday September 30, 2017 several AThEME researchers will present their research at the DRONGO language festival in The Netherlands.

For the sixth time, the DRONGO language festival takes place in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. The festival brings together all kinds of different sectors from the language industry for a general audience, but also for scientists and professionals working in the field of the language industry.  Apart from various seminars, lectures and debates, language researchers have the opportunity to present their work in interactive science labs. Three of those labs are hosted by our AThEME researchers. The following projects will be presented at the festival:


The Fiuman dialect

This project is presented by Dr Tihana Kraš from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka, Croatia.

In a quiz about the Fiuman dialect, spoken in the Croatian city of Rijeka and its surroundings by the members of the Italian national minority, visitors can learn about the dialect’s origin, history and linguistic properties; they can also learn a few words and simple phrases in it. The quiz is intended for everyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of the linguistic diversity in Europe, especially those interested in the Italian language and its varieties and in the languages spoken in south-eastern Europe.


Talk to and with an older person

This project is presented by Jolien Makkinga from the Meertens Institute, the Netherlands.

Everybody will have a conversation with an elderly person once in a while. This can be your grandma or granddad, your neighbor or a resident of a nursing home. Do we talk to older people the same as we do to others, or do we adjust our way of speaking? And, if we make adjustments in our way of speaking, what kind of adjustment do we make? During this 10-minute lab, you can experience how people speak to older people by imitating a conversation during a role play. Afterwards, the original conversation will be listened. To conclude, we will discuss how people speak with and to older people and how we can (possibly) do this in the future.



This project is presented by Nathalie Czeke and Monika Lindauer from the University of Konstanz, Germany.

The present perception and production experiments, that are conducted in their Babylab, will be presented.

The perception experiments are behavioural research methods investigating early language perception of babies via looking times to certain stimuli. They will present how it works in a small model of the booth they use at the Babylab.

The production experiments are a sentence completion test where they use pictures and a puppet that presents sentences the children have to complete. The other test is a picture-naming task where children are supposed to move pictures using a magic spell and a wand. With these tests, they assess German language skills of monolingual and bilingual children.