Department of Language, Literature and Communication

The Department of Language, Literature and Communication (TLC) in the VU Faculty of Humanities conducts research in the fields of language, cognition, (journalistic) communication, (digital) information and literature. 

The department attaches importance to the social value of its research results. This means that new knowledge and insights are translated into practical applications in education, healthcare, business and IT. LLC also takes part in the Dutch National Research Agenda, because it shares the conviction that listening to social partners is a great source of future research. 

Our portfolio of bachelor, minor and master-level education, and the services we provide for our social partners can be derived from our research profile. We are aided by Alumni and advisory boards in developing and fine-tuning our profile. 

Social engagement
The endowed professors in the department are affiliated to research institutes and social organizations, such as the Dutch Reading Foundation. This strengthens the relation between university and society at large. The endowed chairs are in the areas of hearing disorders and reading and reading promotion.

The endowed professors in the department are affiliated to research institutes and social organizations, such as the Dutch Reading Foundation. This strengthens the relation between university and society at large. The endowed chairs are in the areas of hearing disorders and reading and reading promotion.

Teaching department of Language, Literature and Communication

The TLC department has two bachelor’s degree programmes, three one-year master’s degree programmes, each with their own various specializations, and two two-year research master’s degree programmes (Linguistics and Literature). TLC has also developed a new two-year master’s degree in education (in Dutch) in cooperation with the VU Centre of Education.

Language, Literature and Communication research groups

TLC is home to the research group around Spinoza laureate Prof. dr. Piek Vossen, whose research interests include automatized reading, interpreting and structuring large data streams. Prof. dr. Irene Costera Meijer’s research focuses on new types of journalism, and Prof. dr. Martine Coene is developing new perspectives for adults and children with hearing difficulties, in cooperation with the VUmc (LHCA). Blood and roses, Dr Jacqueline Bel’s history of 20th century Dutch literature, is a fine example of the importance of accessible research and the relationship between language, culture and history.

Language, Literature and Communication staff members

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