The UvA speech lab in Amsterdam

History and location

The speech lab of the University of Amsterdam was first set up by the phoneticians in 1933, then reinstalled at new locations in 1966, 2006 and 2016. The present speech lab is located on the fourth floor (rooms 4.59, 4.60, and 4.61) of the P.C. Hoofthuis on Spuistraat 134, near Dam Square.


The speech lab is equipped with:


The speech lab is used mainly by the UvA phoneticians and other members of the linguistics research institute ACLC, but also sometimes by other members of the Faculty of Humanities, especially the UvA musicologists, and by linguists from other universities.

Because of a cooperation with researchers from Developmental Psychology and Child Development in the UvA baby lab, you will also see psychologists and child researchers in our lab. The baby lab has a web site with more information:

Availability of the speech lab

If you are a researcher and want to use our lab facilities, you can look into the calendar for when there are free time slots. To reserve lab hours, you contact technician Dirk Jan Vet.


The speech lab is generally managed by technician Dirk Jan Vet. The director of the lab is Paul Boersma.

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by Paul Boersma, 10 June 2016