Externally funded research projects
- With PhD student Iris Scholten and Catharina Hartman (Psychiatry, UMCG), I study language processing in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The project of Iris, "Predictive processing in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders" (2017-2021), is funded by NWO.
- In collaboration with Prof. Peter Paul De Deyn and Dr. Fransje Reesink of the Alzheimer Research Center Groningen (ARCG) of UMCG, PhD student Amélie la Roi, Simone Sprenger and I study how elderly adults process idioms such as "in de soep lopen" (literaly: to walk in the soup; figuratively: to become a mess).
Amélie's project "Idioms in the ageing brain: The effects of age-related cognitive decline on the processing and comprehension of idioms" (2016-2020) is funded by NWO.
- With PhD student Anna de Koster and Jennifer Spenader (Artificial Intelligence), I investigate how Dutch children acquire the adult distributivity preferences in their native language.
Anna's project "Acting individually or together? An investigation of children's development of distributivity" (2016-2020) is funded by NWO.
Conferences and workshops
- The Invention of Lying: Language, Logic & Cognition
This Lorentz Center workshop, made possible by NIAS-Lorentz funding, took place from 9 - 13 January 2017 at the Lorenz Center@Oort in Leiden. The workshop was organized by me in collaboration with Hans van Ditmarsch (LORIA, University of Lorraine, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France) and Rineke Verbrugge (Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen).
Currently, Hans, Rineke and I are editing a special issue of the journal Topics in Cognitive Science (TopiCS) on lying, as a follow-up of the Lorentz workshop.
- I am a member of the International Network on Language Abilities in Children with Autism (LACA), which was established with financial support from an NWO Internationalisation in the Humanities grant awarded to Jeannette Schaeffer (University of Amsterdam). With Jeannette, I organized the kick-off workshop of the LACA network on March 23, 2017 in Amsterdam.
Who is lying? Left the official workshop poster and right the draft version on Hans' office door.
Further collaborations and research
- Jorrig Vogels carries out his NWO Veni project "Try to see it my way: when do speakers consider the listener's perspective?" (November 2017 - November 2021) in the Semantics and Cognition group.
- Emar Maier carries out his NWO Vidi project "The language of fiction and imagination" (October 2016 - October 2021) in the Semantics and Cognition group at the Faculty of Arts, as well as at the Faculty of Philosophy. PhD students Sofia Bimpikou and Merel Semeijn are members of Emar's Vidi team.
- Jacolien van Rij carried out the first half of her NWO Veni project "Learning language from expectations" (January 2016 - January 2020) in the Semantics and Cognition group. She now is a Rosalind Franklin Fellow in the department of Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The project of PhD student Dorothée Hoppe at the Faculty of Arts is associated with Jacolien's Veni project.
- Peter de Swart carried out his NWO Veni project "The status of hierarchies in language production and comprehension" (2009 - 2011) in the Semantics and Cognition group. He now is an Assistant Professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen.
- I collaborate with Deniz Baskent (Audiology, UMCG) in the PhD project of Leanne Nagels, and with Esther Ruigendijk (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg) in the PhD project of Atty Schouwenaars and other projects on pronoun interpretation. The PhD projects of Leanne Nagels and Atty Schouwenaars investigate language processing in children with cochlear implants.
- Collaborating with Catharina Hartman (Psychiatry, UMCG), I study the language abilities of children with autism. On this topic, we supervised the completed PhD projects of Sanne Kuijper and Jessica Overweg, and currently supervise the PhD project of Iris Scholten .
- I have ongoing research on semantics, pragmatics and language acquisition, some of which is carried out at the Eye Lab at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen.