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

I am a Principal investigator in the XPRAG.de 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 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.

I am interested in experimental and formal semantics & pragmatics, neurolinguistics, cognitive science, and logic of reasoning in natural language. My experiments primarily involve ERPs.

My research includes:

  • 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 XPRAG.de 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.)


Accepted for publication: 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.

Workshop: We are organizing a workshop in Bochum on Revising formal semantic and pragmatic theories from a neurocognitive perspectives

ESSLLI course: I will teach a course at ESSLLI 2017 (July) on "Bridging language processingdata and formal theories of meaning: event-related brain potentials as a toolof investigating semantic and pragmatic theories"

Paper: Investigating scalar implicatures in a truth-value judgment task: Evidence form event-related brain potentials. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. Doi: 10.1080/23273798.2016.1161806

PhD defense: 29th January, 2016

CogSci 2015 Paper: Spychalska, M., Kontinen, J., Noveck, I., Rösch, L., Werning, M. Exploring the ambiguity between the "at least" and "exactly" interpretation of bare numerals in an event-related brain potentials experiment.

Paper: Spychalska, M. At least not false, at most possible: between truth and assertibility of superlative quantifiers, Synthese, (forthcoming).http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11229-014-0615-y.