Petra Hendriks' Research
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means
just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all."
My research is carried out within the Syntax and Semantics Group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen
The CLCG participates in the Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences Groningen (BCN).
My research is also associated with the
Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (Landelijke Onderzoekschool
Click here for a list of recent publications.
Main research interests
- Formal models of interpretation
- Language acquisition
- The relation between language and cognition
- Binding Theory, its acquisition and its processing
- Ellipsis, anaphora, quantification, and implicatures
Current and past PhD students
- Margreet Vogelzang
- Jessica Overweg
- Franziska Köder
- Sanne Kuijper
- Jacolien van Rij - PhD Thesis (University of Groningen, 2012, cum laude): Pronoun processing: Computational, behavioral, and psychophysiological studies in children and adults.
Jacolien currently holds a postdoctoral position in Harald Baayen's group at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
- Gisi Cannizzaro - PhD Thesis (University of Groningen, 2012): Early word order and animacy.
Gisi now works as an international educational consultant at Edufax in North Brabant.
- Gerlof Bouma - PhD Thesis (University of Groningen, 2008, cum laude): Starting a sentence in Dutch: A corpus study of subject- and object-fronting.
Gerlof is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Current and past projects
- Asymmetries in Grammar
NWO/Vici, June 2007 - December 2013
Principal Investigator: Petra Hendriks
See also the websites of
the Eye Lab Groningen and the University of Groningen
Language Acquisition Lab
- The interplay between the speaker's
and the hearer's perspective
NWO/Internationalisation in the Humanities, Sept. 2007 - Sept. 2009
Principal Investigators: Petra Hendriks (University of Groningen), Helen de Hoop (Radboud University Nijmegen), Henriëtte de Swart (Utrecht University), Reinhard Blutner (University of Amsterdam), Henk Zeevat (University of Amsterdam), Manfred Krifka (ZAS Berlin), Anton Benz (ZAS Berlin), Hans-Martin Gärtner (ZAS Berlin)
- Optimization in Coordination
NWO/Aspasia, Sept. 2002 - Sept. 2007
Principal Investigator: Petra Hendriks
- Conflicts in Interpretation
NWO/Cognition, Sept. 2002 - Sept. 2006
Principal Investigators: Petra Hendriks (University of Groningen), Helen de Hoop (Radboud University Nijmegen), Henriëtte de Swart (Utrecht University)
- Processing of referring expressions in discourse, November 29, 2012, University of Groningen.
- Early Language, September 12, 2012, University of Groningen.
- Structural Alternations: Speaker and Hearer Perspectives, August 24, 2011, University of Groningen.
- Child Language & Eye-tracking: Analyses and Rationale (CLEAR), September 10, 2010, University of Groningen.
- Relating Asymmetries between Speech and
Comprehension in the Acquisition of Language (RASCAL), January 24-25, 2009, University of Groningen.
- Third Workshop
on Optimality Theory and Interpretation, November 7, 2008, University of Groningen.
- Interactive website Bent u een goed verstaander?
Speaker and hearer perspectives on word order, February 22, 2008, University of Groningen.
- Temporary exhibition Bent u een goed verstaander?, September 2006 - January 2007, University Museum Utrecht, and January 2007 - September 2007, University Museum Groningen.
- ESSLLI Workshop on Cross-modular Approaches to Ellipsis,
August 8-12, 2005, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
- KNAW Academy Colloquium Cognitive Foundations of Interpretation,
October 27-28, 2004, KNAW, Amsterdam.
- KNAW Masterclass Cognitive Foundations of Interpretation,
October 29, 2004, KNAW, Amsterdam.
- Conference on Optimal Interpretations of Words and Constituents,
August 30-31, 2000, Utrecht University.
- Conference on the Optimization
of Interpretation, January 4-5, 2000, Utrecht University.