The Department of Language & Communication is part of the Faculty of Arts of the Free University Amsterdam. It is the institutional home for all the linguistic research carried out within the faculty. The faculty has more than 60 linguists who carry out research in three main fields: (1) Language, cognition and communication, (2) Descriptive linguistics and language documentation, and (3) Language Acquisition. Linguists of the department are affiliated with various research institutes, such as the Metaphor Lab, The Amsterdam Gesture Center and The Network Institute. These are organizations which seek to coordinate scientific activity on a supra-faculty or even national, level.