Simone Sprenger: Research

I am a member of the Semantics and Cognition group, which is led by Petra Hendriks at the Faculty of Art, University of Groningen. I am also a member of the Center for Language and Cognition (CLCG) and the BCN research school.

PhD projects

  • Amélie la Roi's NWO project on language and the ageing brain(with Petra Hendriks, defended "cum laude" in May 2021).
  • Vera Hukker's CLCG project on the development of irony comprehension (with Petra Hendriks).
  • Irène Mognon's CLCG project on the development of the comprehension of scalar implicatures (with Petra Hendriks and Sanne Kuijper).

Research master projects

  • Matthias Reiner: EEG study on the relationship between attention and language competition (finished July 2021).
  • Tom Freire-Offrede: project on bilingual picture naming (finished February 2020).

Research assistants

  • Wessel van der Rest designed the website and experiment implementation for
  • Marco Breemhaar designed an idiom robot and the idiom database that we use for, and has implemented the text-to-speech technology that we use for both.
  • Sjoerd Hekman helped us to collect the idioms for
  • Raoul Buurke was involved in the implementation of software for automatic speech onset detection (starting grant Faculty of Arts 2019).

Recent publications

Recent presentations

National Weekend of Science 2019

Together with Jacolien van Rij I have conducted a large-scale idiom rating study that has been publicized during the National Weekend of Science 2019 in the Netherlands. This research is supported by a grant from the Gratama foundation.