Kletskoppen (‘Chatterboxes’) allows children from diverse backgrounds to discover the science behind language, so that they increase their enjoyment of language, broaden their view of science, and appreciate their own (multilingual) knowledge. Our activities include festivals in libraries and community centres, and lessons in schools about ‘being a scientist’ using language science. Kletskoppen, an initiative of Radboud University and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, increases the visibility of language science by showing that the science behind language is serious and more than reading and writing. Migrant children feel empowered when their linguistic and cultural expertise is considered as an asset rather than a liability. We collaborate with educational and social organisations at the local and national level to engage children with limited science capital. Everyone, young and old, is familiar with language, so everyone has the potential to become a language scientist.

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