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Dr Henriette Hendriks is Fellow and Vice-President at Lucy Cavendish College

Dr Henriette Hendriks has been promoted to Professor in Language Acquisition and Cognition at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (or MMLL), TAL (Theoretical and Applied Linguistics). The professorship starts today, 1st of October. Her role in College will not change and she will continue as the Vice-President.

Henriette said:

I am delighted with this recognition of my contributions, be they in research, teaching, administration or College life, and I intend to continue to contribute with the same joy and enthusiasm in all areas to support both my Faculty and Lucy Cavendish College.”

About Dr Hendriks

Professor Henriette Hendriks’ main research area is cognitive linguistics, and she researches the relationship between language and cognition through work in child first and adult second language acquisition.

Professor Hendriks studied Sinology at Leiden University, and then started her career at the Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics where she worked as a coordinator on three different research projects, two DFG projects on child first language acquisition (PI Dr Maya Hickmann), and an ESF funded project on adult second language acquisition (The Structure of Learner Varieties, PI Prof Wolfgang Klein).

In 1998 she moved to the University of Cambridge, where she has since been lecturing and researching first and second language acquisition, discourse analysis, and linguistic relativity. During her time in Cambridge she was PI on the EF-Cambridge Research Unit grant, and Co-I on a large number of other grants (European and UK based), most recently on the OWRI MEITS programme, researching language acquisition in a taught context in the UK.

During her time in Cambridge, Professor Hendriks has taken on some larger administrative roles, including acting head of the former Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, head of the department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, and co-chair of the Language Sciences Initiative.

She was elected to the Vice-Presidency of the College, and was previously on the College’s Council. She also served as the Praelector of the College (the person who is involved with student matriculations when they first arrive in Cambridge, and with the Graduation Ceremonies or, Congregations).