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Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics and Pragmatics

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Prof. Dr. Nicole Gotzner

Institute of Cognitive Science

Wachsbleiche 27

49090 Osnabrück

Room: 50/103

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Welcome to the SPA!

What do we study?

How do people infer meanings that go beyond what is literally encoded? What are the involved linguistic, pragmatic and cognitive mechanisms? How do children acquire language, meaning and concepts? At SPA Lab, we address these questions using a variety of experimental techniques as well as theoretical and computational modeling tools. We work with adults, children, clinical populations and data from corpora (e.g., negotiation situations). The topics we work on include but are not limited to the following: pragmatic inferences, irony, politeness, adjective meaning, scales, degrees, numerals, negation, modality, information structure and dialog.

Which research methods do we use?

  • Web-based experiments (PCIBex) 
  • Behavioural experiments with children in the lab 
  • Eyetracking 
  • EEG 
  • Computational modeling (e.g. Rational Speech Act modeling)
  • Formal semantics and pragmatics

About Prof. Dr. Gotzner (CV)

I was trained as a formal and experimental linguist. Before coming to Osnabrück University, I was a group leader at the University of Potsdam, I held a replacement professorship at Humboldt University (Berlin) and a postdoc position at ZAS (Berlin), funded by the Priority Program Xprag.de. I was a visiting researcher at Macquarie University (Sydney) and Stanford (Palo Alto). Currently, I am an honorary fellow at UCL (London) and Ulster University (Belfast).  

I am the co-editor in chief of Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition and a member of the Editorial Board of Glossa: Psycholinguistics.