I am a Junior Fellow in the DFG’s Priority Program “XPrag.de: New Pragmatic Theories based on Experimental Evidence” (SPP 1727) and I am working at the Experimental Linguistics in Cologne (XLinC) Lab under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher.


Between December 2014 - August 2015,  I was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Reinhard Muskens' project Towards Logics that Model Natural Reasoning at The Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics, and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS).


On November 13, 2014 I defended my dissertation and completed the Ph.D. program in Linguistics at the University of Southern California. In my thesis entitled Superlative ambiguities: a comparative perspective, I analyzed the cross-linguistic differences in the meaning of sentences containing superlative expressions. The theoretical account in my dissertation creates specific predictions for experimental investigations of superlatives and focus cross-linguistically. In the project Focus Association in Superlative Expressions (NSF DDIG Award BCS-1430803) I obtained experimental evidence for the obligatoriness of focus association with indefinite superlatives in Polish.


My main interests are the syntax-semantics interface and psycholinguistics. I like to test theoretical predictions experimentally against native speakers intuitions. I use rating questionnaires, self-paced reading, visual verification tasks, production studies, eye-tracking and ERPs in cooperation with the Center for General and Comparative Linguistics at the University of Wroclaw (Lexical properties of quantifiers revealed in auditory and visual processing subproject of NCN OPUS 5 - HS2: Psycholinguistic investigations into number and quantification in natural language).


Apart from the syntax and semantics of the superlative morpheme -est, which is the topic of my dissertation, I have worked on the processing of the superlative and proportional most-s in Slavic, the semantics of exclusive scalar particles in Slavic (aż, čak, dopiero, ...), the syntax of the Polish subjunctive particle -by and clause typing, the syntax of coordinated multiple wh-questions and, together with my PhD advisor at USC, Roumi Pancheva, the syntax and semantics of comparatives in Slavic.

Last update: 30/11/2016


Barbara Maria Tomaszewicz

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