Principal Investigator:

Eva Wittenberg

I am interested in how the mind assembles meaning, how this capacity came to be, and how it interacts with other cognitive abilities. I investigate the decisions that speakers face when they wrap their messages in grammar. Speakers make structural choices dozens of times per day, and listeners rapidly process them, make inferences about why something was said in a particular way, and create a representation of the speaker’s intended meaning in their minds.

Here is a short CV (email me for a comprehensive one).

Postdoc fellows:

Natalia Jardon

My research interests are primarily connected to the domain of events in language and cognition, and more specifically to the question of whether linguistically well-established primitives such as stativity and change are cognitively available beyond language. 

Miriam Weidl (visiting researcher)

My main research interest lies in multilingualism, the diversity of linguistic repertoires and identities, and the fluid use of languages in social interactions and settings. I focus on the speakers' aims of using a certain (mix of) language(s) in conversation and aim to aid a better description and understanding of multilingualism as a whole. My research is based on multilingual societies in Senegal, West Africa, and comparable communities of the Global North.

Ph.D. students:

Elena Marx

In general, my research focuses on questions at the interface of event perception and language. I am interested in how temporal relations between events are perceived, how such relations are encoded by language, and what the preconditions in temporal and event cognition are to understand and represent sequential relations between events. In this regard, I am looking into the developmental aspects of event cognition. I started my Ph.D. program at CEU in Fall 2021.

Alper Demircan

 I am interested in what role language plays in our social interactions and how we share intentions and our representations through our social interactions with linguistic interplay. I am also interested in the nature of these representations and how we build them not only within themselves but also via social interaction. I am a constant reader of philosophy of mind and science and a life-long learner of the clarinet. I started my Ph.D. program at CEU in Fall 2022. 



Oliwia Iwan:

I am studying general linguistics with a focus on syntax and cognition at the University of Vienna. My background is in general and comparative linguistics and philosophy. In my M.A. project, I investigated temporal structures in Polish past-under-past relative clauses. I will start my Ph.D. program at CEU in Fall 2023.



Xueyi Yao (Icey):

Generally, my interests in research focus on the interface of language comprehension and memory. Specifically, I am interested in how state-change events are perceived, the potential effect of the gradient state-change implicature depending on specific Mandarin verbs on online language comprehension, and the relation of the role of pragmatic implicature in state-change events concerning memory recall. I will start my Ph.D. program at CEU in Fall 2023.



Ebru Evcen (based at UC San Diego)

Broadly speaking, I am interested in the issues at the interface between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics cross-linguistically. My research focuses on how, as language unfolds, we incrementally build representations of the events described by that unfolding language and how speakers develop a sufficiently rich linguistic meaning during comprehension. Currently, I am looking at how people interpret counterfactuals.

 Research Assistant:

Attila Balla

I am a former Political Science student at CEU. I also hold a degree in psychology. I am generally interested in political psychology and political communication, and quantitative analysis of political texts.