under review/in revision:

  • Elena Marx & Eva Wittenberg. Temporal construal within complex events depends on linguistically encoded event dynamicity.
  • Elena Marx & Eva Wittenberg. Eventuality type predicts temporal order inferences in discourse comprehension. Preprint.
  • Natalia Jardón, Elena Marx & Eva Wittenberg. Is there a perfect state? Empirical evidence from English and Spanish for the perfect-as-state hypothesis. Preprint.
  • Myrte Vos, Mohit Gurumukhani, Ashwini Vaidya & Eva Wittenberg. No evidence for culmination inferences based on Hindi ergative marking. 

in press:

  • Eva Wittenberg & Ray Jackendoff (in press). The co-evolution of pragmatics and grammatical complexity.  In: Geuts, B. & Moore, R. (eds.): Evolutionary Pragmatics. Oxford University Press. PDF
  • Eva Wittenberg, Almut König & Mechthild Habermann (in press). Grammatical iconicity in the expression of augmentation in East Franconian. 


  • Karimi, H., Diaz, M. & Wittenberg, E. (2023). Delayed onset facilitates subsequent retrieval of words during language comprehension. Memory & Cognition. PDF 
  • Wampler, Joshua, & Eva Wittenberg (2023). Discourse structure affects reference resolution to events: Evidence from a new paradigm. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. PDF
  • Marx, Elena, Oliwia Iwan, & Eva Wittenberg (2023). When you say that, do you mean it? Crosslinguistic patterns of anaphor resolution in English, German, and Polish. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. PDF


  • Sean Trott, Benjamin Bergen & Eva Wittenberg (2022). Spontaneous, controlled acts of reference between friends and strangers. Language Resources and EvaluationPDF
  • Elena Marx & Eva Wittenberg (2022): Event structure predicts temporal interpretation of English and German past-under-past relative clauses. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 439-445). PDF
  • Ebru Evcen & Eva Wittenberg (2022): Making the Question under Discussion explicit shifts counterfactual interpretation. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (1855-1862). PDF
  • Romoli, Jacopo, Paolo Santorio & Eva Wittenberg (2022). Negation in counterfactuals: What is right and what is notJournal of Semantics, ffab023. PDF
  • Daniel Kleinman, Adam M. Morgan, Rachel Ostrand & Eva Wittenberg (2022). Lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on language processing. PLoS ONE 17(6): e0269242. PDF


  • Eva Wittenberg & Andreas Trotzke (2021). A Psycholinguistic Investigation into Diminutive Strategies in the East Franconian NP: Little Schnitzels Stay Big, but Little Crooks Become Nicer. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 33.4:405–436. PDF
  • Wittenberg, E., & Trotzke, A. (2021). Semantic incorporation and discourse prominence: Experimental evidence from English pronoun resolution. Journal of Pragmatics, 186, 87-99. Full paper
  • Suhas Arehalli & Eva Wittenberg (2021). Experimental filler design influences error correction rates in a word restoration paradigm. Linguistics Vanguard ; 7(1): 20200052. PDF
  • Wittenberg, E., Momma, S., & Kaiser, E. (2021). Demonstratives as bundlers of conceptual structure. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 6(1), 33. DOI


  • Ashwini Vaidya & Eva Wittenberg (2020). Productivity and argument sharing in Hindi light verb constructions. Journal of South Asian Linguistics 11, 52-82. PDF
  • Adam Morgan, Titus von der Malsburg, Vic Ferreira, & Eva Wittenberg. (2020). Shared syntax between comprehension and production: Multi-paradigm evidence that resumptive pronouns hinder comprehension. Cognition205, 104417. PDF
  • Karimi, Hossein, Michele Diaz & Eva Wittenberg (2020). Sheer Time Spent Expecting or Maintaining a Representation Facilitates Subsequent Retrieval during Sentence Processing. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, pp. 2728-2734PDF
  • Wiese, Heike, Öncü, Mehmet Tahir, Müller, Hans G., & Eva Wittenberg (2020). Verb Third in spoken German: A natural order of information? in: Woolfe et al. (eds). Rethinking Verb Second, ch. 29, pp.682-699. Oxford University Press. PDF


  • Jacopo Romoli, Paolo Santorio & Eva Wittenberg (2019). Fixing de Morgan’s Laws in Counterfactuals. Proceedings of the 22nd Amsterdam Colloquium, pp. 347--356. PDF
  • Angela He & Eva Wittenberg (2020). The acquisition of event nominals and light verb constructions. Language & Linguistics Compass 14.2, pp. e12363. PDF
  • Andreas Trotzke & Eva Wittenberg (2019). Long-standing issues in adjective order and corpus evidence for a multifactorial approach. In: Andreas Trotzke & Eva Wittenberg (eds.): Special Issue of Linguistics: Adjective order through a Germanic lens, pp. 273-282. PDF
  • Judith Degen, Andreas Trotzke, Gregory Scontras, Eva Wittenberg, & Noah D. Goodman (2019): Definitely, maybe: A new experimental paradigm for investigating the pragmatics of evidential devices across languages, Journal of Pragmatics 140, pp. 33-48. PDF


  • Wittenberg, Eva & Ray Jackendoff (2018). Formalist Modeling and Psychological Reality. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 8:6, 787-791.
  • Wittenberg, Eva (2018). He Gave My Nose a Kick or He Kicked My Nose? Argument Structure Alternations and Event Construal. Psychology of Learning and Motivation 68 (Current Topics in Language), ch.11, pp. 337 -- 360.
  • Ziegler, Jayden, Jesse Snedeker & Eva Wittenberg (2018). Event Structures Drive Semantic Structural Priming, Not Thematic Roles: Evidence From Idioms and Light Verbs. Cognitive Science,  42: 2918-2949. PDF
  • Wittenberg, E. (2018). Andreas Trotzke, "Sprachevolution". Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft, 37(1): 131–137. PDF
  • Hartshorne, J., & Wittenberg, E. (2018). Gabriel Radvansky and Jeff Zacks, Event Cognition.  Language and Cognition, 1-8. PDF


  • Ziegler, Jayden, Jesse Snedeker & Eva Wittenberg (2017). Priming is swell, but it’s far from simple. Comments on Branigan & Pickering, Brain and Behavioral Sciences 40, 44-45PDF 
  • Wittenberg, Eva, Manizeh Khan & Jesse Snedeker (2017). Investigating thematic roles through implicit learning: Evidence from light verb constructions. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1089. PDF
  • Wittenberg, Eva & Roger Levy (2017). If you want a quick kiss, make it count: How choice of syntactic construction affects event construal, Journal of Memory and Language 94, 254-271. PDF 
  • Jackendoff, Ray & Eva Wittenberg (2017). Linear grammar as a possible steppingstone in the evolution of language. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24.1, pp 219–224. PDF 
  • Trotzke, Andreas & Eva Wittenberg (2017). Expressive particle verbs and conditions on particle fronting. Journal of Linguistics, 53(2), pp. 407–435. PDF


  • Cohn, Neil & Eva Wittenberg (2015). Action starring narratives and events: Structure and inference in visual narrative comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Psychology 27:7, 812-828. PDF 
  • Trotzke, Andreas, Stefano Quaglia & Eva Wittenberg (2015). Topicalization in German particle verb constructions: The role of semantic transparency. Linguistische Berichte 244, 409-426. PDF
  • Wiese, Heike & Eva Wittenberg (2015). Arbitrariness And Iconicity In The Syntax-Semantics Interface: An Evolutionary Perspective. in Structures in the Mind: Essays on Language, Music, and Cognition in Honor of Ray Jackendoff (Toivonen, I., Csúri, P. & van der Zee, E., Hrsg.), Cambridge: MIT Press, 509-538. PDF


  • Wittenberg, Eva, Martin Paczynski, Heike Wiese, Ray Jackendoff, & Gina Kuperberg (2014). The difference between "giving a rose" and "giving a kiss":  Sustained neural activity to the light verb construction. Journal of Memory and Language 73C, 31-42. PDF 
  • Wittenberg, Eva, & Snedeker, Jesse (2014). It takes two to kiss, but does it take three to give a kiss? Categorization based on thematic roles. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29.5, 635-641.  PDF 
  • Jackendoff, Ray & Eva Wittenberg (2014). What You Can Say Without Syntax:  A Hierarchy of Grammatical Complexity. In: Newmeyer, F. & Preston, L. (eds): Measuring Linguistic Complexity, Oxford: Oxford University Press.  PDF 
  • Wittenberg, Eva, Ray Jackendoff, Gina Kuperberg, Martin Paczynski, Jesse Snedeker & Heike Wiese (2014). The Processing and Representation of Light Verb Constructions. In: Bachrach, A., Roy, I. and Stockall, L. (eds.). Structuring the Argument: Multidisciplinary research on verb argument structure. John Benjamins, Language Faculty and Beyond Series, 61-80. PDF 




  • Paul, Kerstin, Wittenberg, Eva, & Wiese, Heike (2010). “Da gibs so Billiardraum”. The interaction of grammar and information structure in Kiezdeutsch, in: J. Normann Jørgensen (ed.), Vallah, Gurkensalat 4U & me! Current Perspectives in the Study of Youth Language, 131-145. PDF


  • Wittenberg, Eva & Kerstin Paul (2009). Anglizismen und Kiezdeutsch., in: Falco Pfalzgraf (ed.), Englischer Sprachkontakt in den Varietäten des Deutschen / English Language in Contact with Varieties of German, Wien: Peter Lang, 95-122. PDF
  • Kerstin Paul, Ulrike Freywald & Eva Wittenberg (2009). "Kiezdeutsch goes school". A multiethnic variety of German from an educational perspective. Journal of Linguistic and Intercultural Education 2. 91-113. PDF