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 ve 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:

If you are the thief who stole my laptop with all my nice photos, in Pasadena Convetion Center, July 2015, know that you are a bad person! If you have still my photos you could redeem partially for your sins by sending them to me.

"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.)


ESSLLI course:

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

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.

Recent: Teaching EEG experimental course with Viviana and Jarmo at
European Campus of Excellence: Memory and Mind - Perspectives from Philosophy and Neuroscience
Bochum, 7-20 September, 2014.