LingUU 2.1 out now!

LingUU 2.1 is out now! The second issue of LingUU Journal features articles on various linguistic topics, written by students from different BA and MA programmes. Download the entire issue, browse through the contents, or order a paper copy (while supplies last).

Mattanja Blaauwendraad-Kalle (RMA Linguistics) takes off by proposing Feature-Based Verification to arrive at the right truth value judgements for reciprocals such as ‘date’ and ‘hug’.

In an experiment with French-Dutch bilinguals, Lex Tavenier (BA French language and culture, BA Linguistics) shows data that cannot be explained by the aspect hypothesis that L2-learners are sensitive to lexical aspect when acquiring a language’s tense system.

Sjoerd Bosma (BA Dutch language and culture) studies the conjunction al in Dutch dialects. He proposes to add a CondP and ConcP within the CP in order to account for the semantic differences between the conditional and concessive use of al.

Sjoerd Lindenburg (MA Leraar voorbereidend hoger onderwijs: Engels), Hanne Boon and Jennifer Elbert (both MA Multilingualism and Language Acquisition) propose a study on the effectiveness of different combinations of implicit and explicit instruction in L2 education, in which Spanish adults learn the English Present Simple.

Finally, Hannah Aalbers (paper during BA Dutch language and culture, now in RMA Linguistics) analyzes the non-configurationality of Dutch compared to the configural language of Bilinarra. She claims that even Dutch has flexible word order sometimes, and that pronominal clitics can replace constituents.

In two from abroads, Marlijne Boumeester and Sophie Slaats (both RMA Linguistics) report on their adventures. Marlijne prepared for her thesis in Oslo by researching adult bilinguals’ linguistic and cogitive abilities. Sophie sought neurolinguistic experience in Reading (UK) where she designed an EEG experiment in a project on L3 acquisition and language transfer.

Damien Fleur (RMA Linguistics) concludes the issue with a review of Robert C. Berwick and Noam Chomsky’s Why only us, which defends the claim that humans are unique in their linguistic abilities. Damien is disappointed by the “convenient ommissions of challenging evidence”, but he recommends reading the book nevertheless.

New editors wanted

Recently, LingUU, the (under)graduate journal for linguistics, was founded. This is a journal where you, students, can publish papers you are proud of, or papers in which you show something that more people should read, other than just your teacher. An editorial board consisting of BA- and MA-students take care of all editorial matters so an edition of LingUU can be published twice a year. At this moment, we are looking for editors and a secretary to join our board!

What does it mean to be an editor?

Every LingUU editor is engaged with searching for possible authors and approaching them, soliciting manuscripts, finding and guiding peer reviewers and, together with the rest of the board, deciding on the submitted content. The editorial board meets every few weeks to discuss the current affairs. Besides this, all editors have some additional tasks to keep the journal running. Depending on the moment of the year, the commitment of being an editor varies from a few minutes to a few hours a week.

What does it mean to be a secretary?

A secretary takes care of the organisational tasks. This means that the secretary keeps up with the (e-)mail and takes minutes during the meetings. Additionally, the secretary makes sure all the professors, subscribers and other people who are interested, are informed of calls for papers. Since the secretary has these additional tasks, s/he is not actively involved in handling papers, keeping in touch with authors and reviewers, and editing manuscripts.

What can LingUU offer you?

A position in the editorial board of LingUU offers the possibility to take a look inside the organisation of scientific publications, gain knowledge of good (academic) writing and develop your organisational abilities.


Are you interested in linguistics, science in general, and the distribution of knowledge, and would you like to be involved in the making of a real journal? Send an e-mail to before May 1. Make sure to include the following:

  • Name and surname;
  • Current study;
  • Field(s) of interest within linguistics (e.g. phonetics);
  • Post(s) of interest;
  • Short motivation;
  • An indication of the time you could be / would like to be part of the board (at least one year).

We are looking forward to see your application.

Warm regards,

Sophie Slaats and Fieneke Jochemsen
Editors-in-chief of LingUU: (undergraduate) journal of Linguistics

Call for Papers – April 2018

Have you written a linguistics paper, research proposal or thesis you are proud of? Consider submitting your work to LingUU, the official, peer reviewed, student journal of Linguistics at Utrecht University. In this journal, both undergraduate and graduate students can publish their papers.

The deadline for the next Call for Papers is April 14, 2018.

Why should I submit?

Students sometimes come up with ideas that are worth sharing, and develop creative theories that more people should read, other than just the teacher. LingUU provides a way to make this happen, while giving students the opportunity to get to know the world of academic publishing small-scale. Publishing in LingUU is a great learning experience for starting academics and enables you to improve your work through peer feedback.

What can I submit?

LingUU features articles from all subdisciplines of linguistics and publishes in both Dutch and English. Apart from full-blown articles, research proposals are also welcome for submission. Besides scientific articles, you can submit reports on internships abroad and book notices.

You can find examples of published articles in our first issue.

How do I submit?

You want to submit; that’s great! Please read our guidelines for authors first, to make sure your work meets our requirements. Next, submit it through our online form, on April 14 at latest. Within a few days after the deadline, you’ll receive more info about the reviewing and publication process.

If your paper is accepted (after revision), it will be published in the issue of November 2018, or in April 2019.


If you have questions left, do not hesitate to contact via You can also check the frequently asked questions first.

We’re looking forward to receiving your paper!

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