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Dr. Clare Patterson

Department of German language and literature I

Office: Luxemburger Str. 299, Raum 3.05
Phone: +49 (0)221 470-89918
Email: cpatters(at)

Office hours by arrangement via email.



  • 2014, DPhil Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (General Linguistics), University of Potsdam, Germany. Magna cum laude.
  • 2009, MA Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics, The University of Essex, UK. Distinction.
  • 2001, BA (Hons) Linguistics with Japanese, The University of Reading, UK. First class.


  • 05/2017-present, Postdoctoral Researcher in SFB 1252 (Team Schumacher) University of Cologne. Project:
  • (11/2017 – 09/2018 Maternity leave)
  • 10/2013 – 04/2017, Research Fellow, Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism, University of Potsdam.
  • 07/2013 – 04/2017, Editorial Assistant, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (Cambridge University Press).


  • Second language development


  • Discours; Language, Cognition and Neuroscience; Frontiers in Psychology; Glossa; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition


  • Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS)
  • Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB)

Research Interests

  • Language processing
  • Reference
  • Pronouns
  • Discourse
  • Bilingualism

Workshop organization

  • LingCologne 2019 Organizing committee, University of Cologne.
  • 15 February 2016 Workshop on Anaphora Resolution (with Dr. C Felser and J Drummer). University of Potsdam.
  • 2015-2017 GAM statistical learning group (with Dr. N Boll-Avetisyan). University of Potsdam.
  • 2014–2017 “R-Club” statistical software user-group (with Dr. J Veríssimo). University of Potsdam.
  • 25–27 August 2015 "GAMM tutorial and workshop on ERP and gaze data analysis" (with Dr. N Boll-Avetisyan). University of Potsdam. Tutor: Dr J van Rij.
  • 23 May 2015 "Second language processing of pronouns: evidence from eye-tracking”, ISB10 (with Dr. C Felser). Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.
  • Organizing committee, LangUE 2010 und 2011; EGCL 2010 und 2011. University of Essex.


  • Patterson C & Felser C (accepted). Delayed application of binding Condition C during cataphoric pronoun resolution. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.
  • Patterson C, Esaulova Y & Felser C (2017). The impact of focus on pronoun resolution in native and non-native sentence comprehension. Second Language Research 33: 403-429. doi: 10.1177/0267658317697786
  • Jacob G, Lago S & Patterson C (2017). L2 processing and memory retrieval: some empirical and conceptual challenges. (Commentary). Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 20: 691-693. doi: 10.1017/S1366728916000948
  • Cunnings I, Patterson C & Felser C (2015). Structural constraints on pronoun binding and coreference: evidence from eye movements during reading. Frontiers in Psychology 6: 840. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00840
  • Patterson C (2014). The role of structural and discourse-level cues during pronoun resolution. Doctoral thesis, University of Potsdam.
  • Patterson C, Trompelt H & Felser C (2014). The online application of binding condition B in native and non-native pronoun resolution. Frontiers in Psychology 5: 147. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00147
  • Cunnings I, Patterson C & Felser C (2014). Variable binding and coreference in sentence comprehension: Evidence from eye movements. Journal of Memory and Language 71, 39-56. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2013.10.001
  • Patterson C (2013). Discourse coherence in pronoun resolution. Discours [Online], 12. doi: 10.4000/discours.8820
  • Patterson C (2012). The effect of local discourse coherence on pronoun resolution: an eye-tracking study. In: C. Gkonou and M. Alharbi (eds). Essex Graduate Student Papers in Language and Linguistics Online, Vol. 13, 96-119.