skip to content Project: "Processing speaker's meaning: Informativeness and perspective (2014-2017) / Epistemic state, cooperation and commitment (2017-2020)"


This project seeks to advance our knowledge of the online comprehension of speaker's meaning, i.e. the identification and if necessary reconstruction of the mental representation and intentions of the speaker when making a particular utterance. Our research in experimental pragmatics departs from two distinct points of view. The first line of investigation pursues the role of particular pragmatic aspects of speaker's meaning in language processing, including epistemic states, cooperation, reliability and commitment. The second line seeks to assess and advance a neuro-cognitively plausible model of language comprehension and its predictions for pragmatic processing.



Petra Schumacher

Paul Compensis



Former Members: 

Barbara Tomaszewicz-Özakin

Rebekka Wanka

Hanna Weiland-Breckle




Supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Priority Program SPP 1727 " New pragmatic theories based on experimental evidence"