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PD Dr. Lars Konieczny

Kognitionswissenschaft /
Universität Freiburg
Okt. 2010 - Sept. 2011

Vergangene FRIAS-Aufenthalte

  • Okt. 2010 - Sept. 2011
  • Okt. 09 – März 2010



Lars Konieczny is senior lecturer in Cognitive Science at the University of Freiburg. He studied Philosophy, Psychology and Linguistics in Bochum and Mannheim. After his Diploma in Psychology (1990, University of Bochum), he went to Freiburg to work in DFG-funded projects on psycholinguistics at the Center for Cognitive Science. Soon after he finished his doctoral dissertation in Psychology in 1996, he received a post-doctorate scholarship in the DFG-research training group Cognitive Science in Saarbrücken. He then worked as a lecturer at the Computational Linguistics Department for another year, before he went back to Freiburg to become a lecture at the Center for Cognitive Science in 2000. Since 2004, where he finished his post-doctoral dissertation (habilitation) in Psychology, he is working as a senior lecturer and heading the Psycholinguistics Research Group at the Center for Cognitive Science. His guiding research question is: How is language represented and processed in the mind?



Selected publications

  • Hachmann, W., Konieczny, L., & Müller, D. (2009). Individual Differences in the Processing of Complex Sentences. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
  • Konieczny, L., Müller, D., Hachmann, W., Schwarzkopf, S., & Wolfer, S. (2009). Local syntactic coherence interpretation. Evidence from a visual world study. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
  • Weldle, H., Konieczny, L., Müller, D., Wolfer, S., & Baumann, P. (2009). Connectionist Modeling of Situated Language Processing: Language and Meaning Acquisition from an Embodiment Perspective. Full paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
  • Wiener, J., Hoelscher, C., Büchner, S., & Konieczny, L. (2009). How the Geometry of Space controls Visual Attention during Spatial Decision Making. Full paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
  • Konieczny, L. (2005). The psychological reality of local coherences in sentence processing. Full paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. August 2005
  • Konieczny, L., Hemforth, B.: German Sentence Processing Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dodrecht, 2000
  • Rummer, R., Engelkamp, J., & Konieczny, L. (2003). The Subordination effect: Evidence from self-paced reading and recall. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 15 (4), 539-566
  • Hemforth, B., Konieczny, L., Seelig. H., & Walter, M. (2000). Case matching and relative clause attachment. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.
  • Konieczny, L. (2000). Locality and parsing complexity. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 29-6. 627-645
  • Konieczny, L., Hemforth, B., Scheepers, C. & Strube, G. (1997) The role of lexical heads in parsing: evidence from German. Language and Cognitive Processes, 12, 307-348.



FRIAS Research Project 

Embodied and Situated Psycholinguistics. Towards a unified account of language acquisition, language comprehension and dialogue in spatial and non-spatial environments

The main goal is to establish new ways of utilizing both experimental psycholinguistic techniques, most notably eye-tracking, as well as cognitive connectionist modelling in the interdisciplinary approach to language and communication. The present project investigates the role of embodied and situated cognition in language comprehension and acquisition, aiming at a unified account of both. The working hypothesis is that language emerges from the linguistic environment being embedded in the physical world, where perceptual, motoric and general cognitive processes support linguistic development. Behavioural residuals of emergent language acquisition can be found even in language processing of normal adults who show quasi-irrational comprehension interferences that can be attributed to the underlying acquisition architecture.