Maria Spychalska

Welcome to my homepage! (I am trying to keep it updated, "trying" is a good word)

I am a Principal investigator in the Project:

Reconsidering the epistemic step: The role of speaker’s and listener’s perspectives for the processing of quantity and temporal implicatures

I am affiliated at the Department of German Linguistics at the University of Cologne. I am also (externally) involved in the research of the Language and Cognition group, Institute of Philosophy II, Ruhr University of Bochum.

On the 29th of January 2016, I have defended my PhD in Philosophy, with Summa Cum Laude, at the Ruhr University of Bochum.

My thesis: Quantifying in the Brain. Combining philosophical and neurocognitive perspectives on quantification and scalar implicatures in natural language can be found here.

My research lies at the interface between philosophy of language, experimental semantics & pragmatics, and psycholinguistics. I am particularly interested in pragmatic aspects of communication, communication in contexts with partial information, multi-agent scenarios, communication with AI agents, as well as interface between pragmatics and reasoning in natural language. My experiments primarily involve EEG, but I also use a combination of Virtual Reality and EEG.

Some topics I worked on include:

  • Scalar implicatures
  • Semantics and pragmatics of bare and modified numerals
  • Temporal implicatures of conjunctive sentences
  • Negation

My PhD advisers were Markus Werning and Manfred Krifka. Previously I worked with Marcin Mostowski & Joanna Odrowaz-Sypniewska, who were my advisers in Warsaw, and Michiel van Lambalgen who was the supervisor of my Master in Logic thesis in Amsterdam.

I am also involved in two short-term collaboration projects within the network:

"Do tych, co mają tak za tak - nie za nie, Bez światło-cienia" C.K. Norwid

(To those who mean 'yes' by 'yes"---'no' by 'no', without shadows.)


I joint the Programme Committee of the Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 11 conference, Warsaw 2019.

I joint the European Socitety for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP) as a Programme Chair.

Workshop on Reasoning & Experimental Pragmatics:

Teaching at DGfSummer School, Experimental Pragmatics, Berlin

Published: Spychalska, M., & Kontinen, J., Noveck, I., Reimer, L., & Werning, M. When numbers are not exact: ambiguity and prediction in the processing of sentences with bare numerals. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.