News Methods Workshop

From September 20th to September 22nd, the Methods Workshop will take place at the University of Cologne. The aim of the workshop is to update researchers interested in Experimental Pragmatics on new developments in experimental methods and their links to pragmatic theory.

Three courses will be offered, with three sessions each: member Judith Degen (Stanford University) will give lectures on “Probabilistic pragmatics: an introduction to the Rational Speech Act framework”. Mercator Fellow Lyn Frazier (UM Amherst) will give a series of lectures on language processing, in particular the processing of non-at-issue content and the pragmatics of ellipsis.

The course of Mercator Fellow Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge) addresses the acquisition of pragmatic competence.

In addition, we have invited an expert to hold an interactive workshop on “gender and diversity in academia” to prepare you for related challenges in your role as project principal investigator or professor.

More details can be found here

Please register by September 1st, 2017 at the latest! at CogSci 2017 in London

There will be two poster presentations by projects at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, to be held in London, UK on Wednesday July 26th – Saturday July 29th, 2017.

At Poster Session 3 (Monarch Suite, Saturday July 29, 1:20pm – 2:50pm) Oliver Bott from project CiC
will present a poster on “Context reduces coercion costs – Evidence from eyetracking during reading”.
Later in the afternoon at Poster Session 4, (Monarch Suite, Saturday July 29, 5:10pm – 6:40pm) Anthea Schöller and Michael Franke from project ProComPrag will present a poster on “Surprisingly: Marker of Surprise Readings or Intensifier?”.

Internships in our projects available offers an Internship program for international doctoral students and early postdocs (up to three years past the Ph.D.) to join an project for periods of up to three months. This year’s application deadline is September 1st, 2017!

Applicants must choose a suitable host for the time of the internship in advance. Any PI of a current project in Germany is eligible to act as supervisor. Beyond meeting with the supervisor on a regular basis successful candidates will be offered additional support in the form of adequate workspace and access to equipment as well as funding for experiments. will fund the travel of the intern to and from Germany up to 1500€ and a stipend of monthly 1000€.

For more information about, an overview of participating projects and contact data of principal investigators visit:


Please submit a 2-page (maximum) personal statement including an outline of your ideas for the internship. Additionally, please provide your CV, sample writings, and two letters: one letter of commitment of the potential hosting institution in which the host commits to provide adequate workspace. In a second letter the potential supervisor needs to affirm that s/he will act as supervisor and hold at least weekly meetings with the intern and that s/he will provide access to equipment and funding for experiments.

All application documents must be submitted as a single pdf to ein The application deadline is September 1st, 2017 and applicants will be notified by September 30th, 2017.

Applications are evaluated and ranked by the steering committee of with respect to the following criteria: scientific quality, thematic matching of the proposal to the host project as well as diversity matters.

First Italian conference on Experimental Pragmatics this weekend!

This weekend (June 10/11), the first Italian conference on Experimental Pragmatics “ – Behavioral and Neural Evidence on Pragmatic Processing” organized by associate Filippo Domaneschi from project EXPRESS together with Valentina Bambini (IUSS) will take place in Genoa. Mercator Fellow Ira Noveck will be keynote speaker. More info can be found here:

Talk by member Pia Knoeferle at “Treffpunkt Sprache”!

On May 16th, Pia Knoeferle, Prinicipal Investigator from project “FoTeRo” will give a talk on situated language processing at “Treffpunkt Sprache”. In this lecture series, current topics of interdisciplinary interest around language and their investigation are presented. The series is organized by ZAS Berlin in cooperation with the Institute for German Language and Linguistics and the Institute for Philosophy of Humboldt University and is aimed at scientists, students and interested laymen.

Title: “Vom Sprachverstehen zur visuellen Wahrnehmung und zurück: situierte Sprachverarbeitung.”
Venue: Humboldt University, Dorotheenstraße 24, 10117 Berlin, Raum 1.101
Time: 18:30 Uhr

Workshop “Non-At-Issue Meaning and Information Structure” in Oslo starts today!

The workshop on “Non-At-Issue Meaning and Information Structure” organized by member Nadine Bade (ObTrEx) and coordinator Uli Sauerland together with Pritty Patel-Grosz and Patrick Grosz from the University of Oslo starts today! The workshop will be held at the University of Oslo from May 8-10th. Please find the program and more details here: