Who we are

Senior researchers

Prof. Dr. Petra Hendriks

Petra Hendriks is the head of the Semantics and Cognition Group at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. Her research interests are in semantics, pragmatics and language acquisition. From 2007 to 2014, she led a research project on asymmetries between comprehension and production in child language, funded by a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Since 2013, she is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW). In 2016, she was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). [website]

Dr. Simone Sprenger

Simone Sprenger is assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts. She received her PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Nijmegen’s Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics (2003) and held several post-doc positions in the US (university of Pittsburgh) and the Netherlands. She is currently studying idiom processing, bilingualism and the way in which language processing changes across the life span. Besides the CLCG, Simone is also affiliated with the Research School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN), and het Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguïsten (het WAP). [website]

Dr. Emar Maier

Emar Maier is assistant professor affiliated with the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Arts, specializing in formal semantics. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Nijmegen (2006), held several postdoc positions, and led an ERC Starting Grant project. He is currently heading a NWO VIDI research project investigating the semantics of imagination and fiction. His research interests include narrative, quotation, indexicals, and attitudes. [website]

Dr. Jorrig Vogels

Jorrig Vogels is a postdoctoral researcher with an interest in how people refer to things in the world around them. Using language production experiments, he investigates the mechanisms behind speakers’ linguistic choices, such as the use of a pronoun (e.g. she) or a more specific description (e.g. the girl). He received his PhD from Tilburg University, with a dissertation on the interaction between linguistic and non-linguistic factors in referential choices. After that, he went to Saarland University to investigate language production and comprehension processes in dual task settings using pupillometry. As of 2017, he is working on his own NWO Veni project ‘Try to see it my way’, in which he explores to what degree speakers take the perspective of their listeners into account when referring to something. [website]

Junior researchers

Sofia Bimpikou, PhD student

Sofia Bimpikou obtained her bachelor’s degree in International and European Studies at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, and her research master’s degree in Linguistics at the University of Utrecht. As a researcher, she is mainly interested in formal and experimental semantics and pragmatics. In her PhD project she investigates how linguistic features and the pragmatics of narrative discourse affect readers’ interpretation of narrative texts. [website]

Dorothée Hoppe, PhD student

Dorothée Hoppe came to do her PhD in Groningen with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Cognitive Science from the University of Tübingen, Germany. Her research focus are low-level mechanisms of learning and their application to language learning. In her PhD project, she studies which properties of the learner input influence category learning in language combining computational, psycholinguistic and corpus linguistic methods. [website]

Vera Hukker, PhD student

Vera Hukker obtained her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and her research master’s degree in Language and Cognition at the University of Groningen. As a researcher, she is particularly interested in how children learn to understand figurative language. In her project she investigates how children learn to understand verbal irony by looking at the relation between irony understanding and social, linguistic and cognitive factors. [website]

Anna de Koster, PhD student

Anna de Koster obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on language development and in her NWO-funded PhD project ‘Acting individually or together?’ she investigates how children learn to interpret quantifiers, especially focusing on the phenomenon of distributivity. She is supervised by Prof. Petra Hendriks and Dr. Jennifer Spenader, affiliated with the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. [website]

Irene Mognon, PhD student

Irene Mognon obtained her B.A. degree in Humanities at the University of Bologna (Italy) and her M.A. degree in Linguistics at the University of Siena (Italy). She is keen on studying phenomena at the interface between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, especially in children and in atypical populations. Adopting an experimental approach, in her PhD project she investigates language acquisition in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, focusing in particular on the relationship between cognitive abilities, such as Theory of Mind, and linguistic skills. [website]

Leanne Nagels, PhD student

After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Dutch Language and Culture at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Leanne followed the Erasmus Mundus programme in Clinical Linguistics (EMCL) and received a joint MSc degree from the Universities of Eastern Finland, Potsdam, and Groningen. Her PhD project is an interdisciplinary project that combines the research fields of linguistics and audiology. In this project, she investigates the perception of voice characteristics in children with cochlear implants and how it is related to their speech perception abilities and language development. [website][project website]

Amélie la Roi, PhD student

Amélie obtained her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and French and her Master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Groningen. As a researcher she is interested in the effect of cognitive aging on the processing and comprehension of language. By comparing younger adults’ and elderly adults’ brain activation patterns and eye-movements while processing ambiguous expressions she tries to get more insight in how language processing and comprehension changes as people grow older. [website]

Iris Scholten, PhD student

Iris Scholten is a PhD student within the Semantics and Cognition research group. She did her bachelor’s degree in Dutch Language and Culture and continued with a research master in Language and Cognition, both at the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on the language and communication abilities of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. [website] [project website]

Associate researchers

Ana Bosnić, PhD student, Univeristy of Groningen and University of Nantes

Merel Semeijn, PhD student, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen

Abby Toth, PhD student, Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen

Dr. Jacolien van Rij, Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Univeristy of Groningen

Dr. Jennifer Spenader, Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen

Prof. Dr. Deniz Baskent, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen

Dr. Catharina Hartman, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen

Dr. Sanne Kuijper, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Groningen

Dr. Michael Ramscar, University of Tübingen

Prof. dr. Peter Paul de Deyn, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen

Dr. Fransje Reesink, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen