Agnieszka Konopka

University of Aberdeen



Examining the timecourse of planning referential expressions

Speakers refer to people, objects and abstract entities (e.g., dog, postman) in the vast majority of utterances they produce. Importantly, such referential expressions are normally embedded in a larger context that describes the actions performed by a specific referent or on a specific referent (e.g., The dog is chasing the postman). I will discuss results from studies eliciting referent names in simple event descriptions to examine how speakers distribute their attention between encoding the referents themselves (e.g., The dog...the postman) and the information that binds these referents into coherent propositions ( chasing...). I will also compare the timecourse of planning simple referent names in native and non-native speakers.


I received my PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US) and took a Research Staff position at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (NL), before coming to the University of Aberdeen in 2015. My work focuses on understanding the mechanisms of learning and adaptation in language processing and memory for language. Recent research projects include examining (a) how speakers of different languages prepare and produce utterances to express complex meanings, (b) how well people remember information that is expressed linguistically, and (c) how language production changes with experience.