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Paula Fikkert is professor Language Acquisition at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Centre for Language Studies since 2007.

Paula received her master’s degree from the University of Groningen and her PhD from Leiden University. For her PhD ‘On the acquisition of prosodic structure’ (1994) she received the AVT-dissertation prize for the best dissertation in linguistics. She previously held several postdoc positions at the University of Konstanz (Germany), and Radboud University. She has been guest professor at various universities, among which the University of Tromsø (Norway) and the University of Oxford (UK).

She was research director of the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) at Radboud from 2011 to 2015 and is currently a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Board of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

She co-authored articles and books with researchers from Oxford, Cambridge, Toronto, Ottawa, Lisbon, São Paolo, Riken Brain Science Institute, and CNRS (Paris), Austin (Texas), MPI for Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig), PennState, Macquarie University (Sydney). She has given keynotes, invited talks and summer school courses in Europe, the USA, Canada and Brazil. She serves on a number of editorial boards, including Language Acquisition, The Linguistic Review, Nederlandse Taalkunde, and the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics.

Paula is co-organizer of the Kletskoppen Kindertaalfestival , has contributed to societal events such as Radboud Kids en Avond van de Wetenschap en Maatschappij, and has given many public lectures

The research by Paula Fikkert and her team concerns the acquisition of phonological representations in the lexicon and the role of these representations in perception and production. Phonological representations mediate between the acoustic signal and meaning in speech perception and between meaning and the articulatory output in speech production. Thus, phonological representations in the brain lay the foundation for successful communication. Yet, the nature of phonological representations that are built up during language acquisition is far from clear. This program aims at unravelling this by using behavioral and neurocognitive methods in the Baby Research Center.


Department of Dutch Language and Culture,
Centre for Language Studies,
Radboud University of Nijmegen,
P.O. Box 9103,
6500 HD Nijmegen,
The Netherlands

Room 6.05