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I.L. (Imme) Lammertink PhD

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Taalkunde

Visiting address
  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number: 4.56
Postal address
  • Postbus 1637
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Current project

    Most children acquire language without explicit instruction to the rules of their language. Procedural learning, the abilitiy to discover these rules without explicit awarness, potential facilitates language learning. Deficiencies in procedural learning have been observed in children with language disorders (dyslexia and specific language impairment (SLI)). In my PhD that I started in September 2015 we specifically address the question whether and how deficiencies in procedural learning are associated with the linguistic problems of children with SLI.

    My PhD  is part of the ViDi project Examining the contribution of procedural learning to grammar and literacy in children awarded to dr. Judith Rispens. The next four years I'll be responsible for the data collection and study design for children with SLI. Merel van Witteloostuijn focuses on children with dyslexia and Judith is responsible for data collection with the typically developing children.

    Research interest and background

    Language Acquisition / Developmental language disorders
    Neural mechanisms for speech and language processing
    Experimental pragmatics

    Other ongoing research projects

    • A TMS-EEG study into auditory verbal statistical learning.
      Collaborator: dr. Jarrad Lum (Deakin University, Melbourne).
    • Children's use of linguistic cues (prosdic and syntactic) to predict upcoming turn transitions in a converstional context.
      Collaborators: Ingeborg Roete (Radboud University Nijmegen), Maartje de Vries, Msc. (University of Groningen), dr. Marisa Casillas (MPI Nijmegen).
    • Speech perception in Children with a cleft-palate
      Collaborator: Prof. Paula Fikkert (Radboud University Nijmegen).


    Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research

    From January 2019 till July 2019 I have a position as junior policy officer at the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in addition to my PhD position. 


    Public outreach





  • Curriculum Vitae


    • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience (Language and Communication)
      2014: Radboud University Nijmegen
    • BA Dutch Linguistics and Culture 
      2012: Radboud University Nijmegen


    • Research Scholar Deakin University Melbourne (Australia)
      Project: A TMS-EEG study on statistical learning
      In collaboration with: dr. Jarrad Lum
    • Msc Thesis Project 
      Radboud University Nijmegen & Cambridge University (UK)
      Project: Prosodic and lexicosyntactic cues in turn prediction by Dutch and English toddlers
      Supervisors: dr. Marisa Casillas, dr. Titia Benders, dr. Brechtje Post (UK) and Prof. Paula Fikkert

    • BA Thesis Project
      Radboud University Nijmegen
      Project: Sound symbolism in Dutch toddlers and adults
      Supervisors: Prof. Paula Fikkert

    • BA Honours program 
      Project: First Language Acquisition
      Supervisor: Prof. Paula Fikkert

    Other relevant work experience

    • January 2019 - June 2019: Junior Policy at the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). 


    Prizes, Scholarships and grants

    • 2018: Student Travel Award Recipient 
      Symposium on Research in Developmental Language Disorders (SRCLD), Madison (United States)
    • 2017: Jo Kolk Studiefonds
      Research internship Deakin University (Melbourne Australia with dr. Jarrad Lum)Research internship Deakin University (Melbourne Australia with dr. Jarrad Lum)
    • 2014: Honours Academy beyond the frontiers (MA) grant 
      Radboud University Nijmegen & Cambridge University (UK)
      Research internship at Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Department, Cambridge University (UK). Conducted experiments with adults and toddlers and created of an  ad-hoc child participant database. (Supervision: dr. B. Post).
    • 2014: Paula Menyuk Travel Award
      Boston University Conference on Language Development
    • 2014: CNS Travel fund
      Awarded by Research Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience Committe
    • 2014: Best student Poster Award
      Meeting of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL).


    • 2018: BKO-certificate (basic qualification education)
    • 2017 - 2018: Taalvermogen & Taalstoornissen (BA-course University of Amsterdam)
    • 2016 - 2018: Guest lecture First Language Acquisition at UvA Summerschool on Language and Culture
    • 2016-2018: Guest lectures (3x) on Specific Language Impairment at the Universitaire Pabo van Amsterdam
    • 2015: Course: Education in a nutshell 
      Radboud University Nijmegen
    • 2015: Guest Teacher IMC Weekendschool Nijmegen (Topic: science)
    • 2014/2015: Several guest lectures:
      • ​Experimental methods in language Acquisition
        BA course Radboud University Nijmegen
      • Turn-taking and language development
        MA course linguistics master Radboud University Nijmegen

    Voluntary and Editorial work

    • 2019 - current: contenstant sciencebattle
    • 2018 - current: blogger
    • 2017 - current: web-editor WAP-website (Werkverband Amsterdamse Pyscholinguïsten)
    • 2016 - current: Editor in Chief WAP-Bulletin
    • 2012- 2014: Sub editor  Proceedings of the Masters Programme Cognitive Neuroscience
    • 2012: Volunteering Community Project South Africa. By African Impact.
  • Publications



    • Lammertink, I., van Witteloostuijn, M., Boersma, P., Wijnen, F., & Rispens, J. (2019). Auditory statistical learning in children: Novel insights from an online measure. Applied Psycholinguistics, 40(2), 279-302. [details]
    • Lum, J. A. G., Lammertink, I., Clark, G. M., Fuelscher, I., Hyde, C., Enticott, P. G., & Ullman, M. T. (2019). Visuospatial sequence learning on the serial reaction time task modulates the P1 event‐related potential. Psychophysiology, 56(2), [e13292]. [details]
    • van Witteloostuijn, M., Lammertink, I., Boersma, P., Wijnen, F., & Rispens, J. (2019). Assessing Visual Statistical Learning in Early-School-Aged Children: The Usefulness of an Online Reaction Time Measure. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, [2051]. [details]


    • Fort, M., Lammertink, I., Peperkamp, S., Guevara-Rukoz, A., Fikkert, P., & Tsuji, S. (2018). Symbouki: a meta-analysis on the emergence of sound symbolism in early language acquisition. Developmental Science, 21(5), [e12659]. [details]



    • Lammertink, I., Casillas, M., Benders, T., Post, B., & Fikkert, P. (2015). Dutch and English toddlers' use of linguistic cues in predicting upcoming turn transitions. Frontiers in Physiology, 6, [495].


    • Lammertink, I., & Rispens, J. (2018). Statistisch leren bij kinderen met TOS. Van Horen Zeggen - online. [details]


    • Lammertink, I., Casillas, M., Benders, T., Post, B., & Fikkert, P. (2016). Turn-taking bij jonge kinderen: Zinsbouw, zinsmelodie en turn-taking bij jonge kinderen. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Logopedie, 88(1-2), 6-12. [details]


    • Lammertink, I. L., Boersma, P. P. G., Wijnen, F., & Rispens, J. E. (2019). A statistical learning deficit in children with developmental language disorder: investigating the role of modality and type of dependency. Paper presented at Interdisciplinary advances in statistical learning, San Sebastian, Spain.
    • Lammertink, I. L., Boersma, P. P. G., Wijnen, F., & Rispens, J. E. (2019). The (missing) link between statistical learning and expressive grammar knowledge: A meta-analysis. Poster session presented at Interdisciplinary advances in statistical learning, San Sebastian, Spain.


    • Lammertink, I. L., Boersma, P. P. G., Wijnen, F., & Rispens, J. E. (2018). Individual differences in children with Developmental Language Disorder: associations between reading, visual statistical learning and phonological processing. Paper presented at Child Language Symposium, Reading, United Kingdom.
    • Lammertink, I. L., Boersma, P. P. G., Wijnen, F., & Rispens, J. E. (2018). Statistical learning in children with Developmental Language Disorder: Novel insights from an online measure. Paper presented at Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorder, Madison, United States.


    • Fort, M., Lammertink, I. L., Peperkamp, S., Fikkert, P., Guevara-Rukoz, A., & Tsuji, S. (2017). SymBuki: Making sense of null results in the sound symbolic bouba-kiki effect by means of a meta-analysis: Part of symposium: Giving new significance to null results in child language research. Abstract from International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Lyon, France.
    • Spit, S. B., Lammertink, I. L., Rispens, J. E., & van Witteloostuijn, M. T. G. (2017). Procedural memory in the gifted child.
    • de Vries, M., Lammertink, I. L., & Casillas, M. (2017). Cues to questionhood: Subject-verb inversion in child-directed speech. Poster session presented at 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Lyon, France.

    Talk / presentation

    • Lammertink, I. (speaker) (19-7-2016). Taalverwerving bij kinderen, Zomerschool Talen en Cultuur, Amsterdam.


    • Lammertink, I. L. (2020). Detecting patterns: Relating statistical learning to language proficiency in children with and without developmental language disorder. Amsterdam: LOT. [details]
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Royal Dutch Kentalis
      Senior researcher