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Prof. Dr. Lars Konieczny

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University of Freiburg
Center for Cognitive Science
Friedrichstr. 50
D-79098 Freiburg, Germany

room: 03008
phone: +49 761 203 4942
fax: +49 761 203 4938
e-mail: lars@cognition.uni-freiburg.de
 

Research interests

  • Theoretical, Empirical, and Computational Psycholinguistics
  • Eye-movements reasearch
    • Reading, Reading corpora
    • Spoken language comprehension in the Visual-World-paradigm
    • Spatial reasoning and wayfinding
  • Cognitive modelling (ACT-R, Connectionist Modelling)
  • Embodied Cognition

Projects 

  

Supervision (Dr.)


Als Zweitbetreuer/-gutachter

Vita

  • 1981-1990: Studies of Philosophy, Psychology, and Linguistics at the University of Bochum and Mannheim
  • 1990: Diploma in Psychology. Master Thesis: The impact of lexical and contextual information on structural ambiguity resolution.
  • 1990 -1991: Research Assistant at the University of Bochum
  • 1991-1996: Research Assistant at the University of Freiburg
  • 1994-1996: Ph.D. student in the doctoral program on Human and Machine Intelligence at University of Freiburg
  • 1996 Ph.D. (Dr. Phil.) in Psychology. Ph.D. Thesis: A semantics-oriented parsing approach.
  • 1996-1999: Post-doc fellowship in the Cognitive Science graduate program at the University of Saarbrücken
  • 1999-2000: Research Assistant at the Computational Linguistics Department at the University of Saarbrücken
  • 2000-2004: C1 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (~ lecturer) at the CCS, University of Freiburg
  • 2004: Habilitation in Psychology at the Saarland University, Saarbrücken
  • 2004-2010: C2 Hochschuldozent (~ associate professor, senior lecturer) at the CCS, University of Freiburg
  • Oct. 2009 - March 2010: Internal Senior Research Fellow at the FRIAS, School of Language & Literature
  • Oct. 2010 - September 2011: Internal Senior Research Fellow at the FRIAS, School of Language & Literature
  • since Dec. 2010: Akademischer Rat (~ associate professor, lecturer) at the CCS, University of Freiburg

     

 

Academic activities

Recent Publications and Presentations (2009+)

 

2013

  • Brüssow, S., Ragni, M., Frorath, M., Konieczny, L., and Fangmeier, T. (2013). Premise annotation in mental model construction: An act-r approach to processing indeterminacy in spatial relational reasoning. Cognitive Systems Research.
  • Wolfer, S., Hansen, S., and Konieczny, L. (2013a). Are shorter sentences always easier?  discourse level processing consequences of reformulating texts. In Proceedings of the 7th EST Congress, Germersheim.
  • Wolfer, S., Müller-Feldmeth, D., Held, U., Konieczny, L., and Auer, P. (2013b). Investigating comprehensibility of intra-language translations: Introducting a reading corpus of popular science texts. InProceedings of the 7th EST Congress, Germersheim.

 

2012

  • Bormann, T., Wolfer, S., Hachmann, W., Lagreze, W., and Konieczny, L. (2012). Eye movement studies of pure alexia: The role of the visual field defect and eye movements during ’fast reading’. In Proceedings of the 30th European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone
  • Haring, K. S., Ragni, M., and Konieczny, L. (2012). A cognitive model of drivers attention. In Rußwinkel, N., Drewitz, U., and van Rijn, H., editors, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling. Berlin: Universitaetsverlag der TU Berlin.
  • Konieczny, L., Haser, V., Müller-Feldmeth, D., Wolfer, S., Hemforth, B., and Bold, A. (2012). Grounding of anaphora in pointing gestures: Empirical support for the embodied cognition view. In 5. Internationale Konferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kognitive Linguistik.
  • Müller-Feldmeth, D., Baumann, P., Wolfer, S., and Konieczny, L. (2012). A connectionist model of graded effects in local syntactic coherence interpretation. In Bradley, D., Fernández, E., and Fodor, J. D., editors, Proceedings of the 25th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, New York City, NY.
  • Wiener, J., Hoelscher, C., Büchner, S., and Konieczny, L. (2012). Gaze behaviour during space perception and spatial decision making. Psychological Research, (76):713–729.
  • Wolfer, S., Hansen, S., and Konieczny, L. (2012a). The effect of reference distance on anaphora processing: Evidence from a reading corpus of German texts. In Proceedings of the 18th AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing), Riva del Garda.
  •  Wolfer, S., Hansen, S., and Konieczny, L. (2012b). Familiarity and frequency disentangled: An eye-tracking corpus study with german texts. In Bradley, D., Fernández, E., and Fodor, J. D., editors, Proceedings of the 25th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, page 85, New York City, NY.
  • Wurm, M., Konieczny, L., and Hemforth, B. (2012). The acquisition of english dative alternation: Proficiency effects in french l2 learners. In Bradley, D., Fernández, E., and Fodor, J. D., editors, Proceedings of the 25th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, New York City, NY.

 

2011

  • Baumann, P., Konieczny, L., & Hemforth, B. (2011). Expectations and coreference: how alternative constructions and referring expressions can serve as cues. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
  • Bormann, T., Wolfer, S., Hachmann, W., and Konieczny, L. (2011). Blickbewegungsmessungen bei reiner Alexie - sind "‘schnelle"’ und "‘langsame"’ Reaktionen Ausdruck zweier unterschiedlicher Lesestrategien? In Beiträge zur 11. GAB-Aphasietagung, Konstanz.
  • Schwarzkopf, S., Weldle, H., Müller, D., & Konieczny, L. (2011). Mental simulation of spatial perspective during sentence comprehension. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
  • Shuval, N., Konieczny, L., & Hemforth, B. (2011). Secret agents or sleeping beauties: What happens to repaired constituents?  In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
  • Tenbrink, T., Berbmann, E., & Konieczny, L. (2011). Wayfinding and description strategies in an unfamiliar complex building. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
  • Wolk, C., Wolfer, S. A., Baumann, P., Hemforth, B., & Konieczny, L. (2011). Acquiring english dative verbs: proficiency effects in german l2 learners. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
  • Baumann, P., Konieczny, L., & Hemforth, B. (2011). Coreference in Portuguese: pragmatic expectations based on alternative constructions and referring expressions. In A. Karmiloff-Smith, B. Kokinov, N. Nersessian (Eds.), Proceedings of the European Conference on Cognitive Science - EuroCogSci 2011, Sofia, 21-24 May 2011.   (pdf)
  • Wolk, C., Baumann, P., Wolfer, S. A., Konieczny, L., & Hemforth, B. (2011). Acquiring english dative verbs: proficiency effects in german l2 learners. In The 24th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. Stanford, CA: .

 

2010

  • Konieczny, L. (2010). The Psychological Reality of Local Syntactic Coherences. Invited talk at the guest lecture series of the SFB 732, University of Stuttgart, July 8 2010
  • Konieczny, L. (2010). The Psychological Nature of pronominal anaphora. Invited talk at Text structure: Form, Meaning, and Processing. Göttingen, July 1-3 2010
  • Konieczny, L. (2010). Embodied Perspectives in Language Comprehension. Invited talk at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, June 28 2010.
  • Konieczny, L. (2010). Peripatetic eyes, local syntactic coherences, and their rationale. Invited talk at the First Peripatetic Conference on Dynamic Psycholinguistics. Zakopane, Poland. May 28-30 2010. 
  • Hemforth, B., Konieczny, L., Scheepers, C., Colonna, S., Schimke, S., & Pynte, J. (2010). Language specific preferences in anaphor resolution: Exposure or Gricean maxims? Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. August 2010, Portland, USA (pdf)
  • Konieczny, L., Weldle, H., Wolfer, S. A., Baumann, P., & Müller, D. (2010). Anaphors and Local Coherences. Talk presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. August 2010, Portland, USA (pdf)
  • Konieczny, L., Weldle, H., Haser, V., Müller, D., Wolfer, S., & Baumann, P. (2010). Anaphern sind in Zeigegesten verankert - der Pointing-Compatibility Effect. In Frings, C., Mecklinger, A., Wentura, D., Zimmer, H.D. (eds.). Beiträge zur 52. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen. Lengerich, Pabst Science Publishers, p. 62.
  • Weldle, H., Konieczny, L., Müller, D., Wolfer, S., & Baumann, P. (2010). Grounding und Emergenz von Spracherwerb und Sprachverarbeitung: Ein konnektionistischer Ansatz. In Frings, C., Mecklinger, A., Wentura, D., Zimmer, H.D. (eds.). Beiträge zur 52. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen. Lengerich, Pabst Science Publishers, p. 122.
  • Baumann, P., Konieczny, L., & Hemforth, B. (2010). Expecting coreference: the role of alternative constructions. In Proceedings of the 23d Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. New York, March 2010. 
  • Hemforth, B., Konieczny, L., Scheepers, C., Colonna, S., Schimke, S., & Pynte, J. (2010). Gricean principles and frequency in anaphor resolution. In Proceedings of the 23d Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. New York, March 2010..
  • Konieczny, L. (2010). Eye-tracking. Eine Einführung. Workshop im Universitären Schwerpunkt Bildung: "KinderKöpfe", Universität Erfurt, 29.1.2010. 
  • Konieczny, L., & Müller, D. (2010). Das sprachliche Arbeitsgedächtnis: Kapazität oder Erfahrung?  Psychologische Rundschau, 61(1), 43-50. (pdf)
  • Konieczny, L., Haser, V., Müller, D., Weldle, H., Wolfer, S. A., Baumann, P., & Hemforth, B. (2010). Grounding of anaphora in pointing gestures. In Proceedings of the 23d Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. New York, March 2010.  
  • Weldle, H., Konieczny, L., Müller, D., Wolfer, S. A., & Baumann, P. (2010). Emergence of language comprehension from multiple task integration – a connectionist investigation. In Proceedings of the 23d Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. New York, March 2010. 
  • Weldle, H., Konieczny, L., Wolfer, S. A., Baumann, P., & Müller, D. (2010). Local syntactic coherences violate structural binding domains in on-line anaphora resolution. In Proceedings of the 23d Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. New York, March 2010. 
  • Wiener, J., Hoelscher, C., Büchner, S., & Konieczny, L. (submitted). Gaze bias and gaze control during wayfinding. Journal of Vision
     

2009

  • Hachmann, W., Müller, D., & Konieczny, L. (2009). Individual differences in the processing of complex sentences. In N. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st annual conference of the cognitive science society (p. 309-314). Austin, TX.
  • Hansen-Schirra, S., Hansen, S., Wolfer, S., & Konieczny, L. (2009). Fachkommunikation, Popularisierung, Übersetzung: empirische Vergleiche für das Sprachenpaar Englisch-Deutsch. Linguistik online
  • Hemforth, B., Hallé, P., Segui, J., & Konieczny, L. (2009). Relative clauses: Does right-branching or parallelism of syntactic roles make object extraction easier?  In Proceedings of the 22nd annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. Davis, CA. 
  • Hemforth, B., Scheepers, C., Konieczny, L., Pynte, J., & Colonna, S. (2009). Language specific preferences in anaphor resolution. In Proceedings of the 19th annual meeting of the society for text & discourse. Rotterdam. 
  • Konieczny, L. (2009). Local syntactic coherences and the representation of language in the mind. In P. Knöferle (Ed.), Colloquium Language and Cognition. Bielefeld, 22.11.2009
  • Konieczny, L., Müller, D., Baumann, P., Hachmann, W., & Wolfer, S. A. (2009). Local syntactic coherence interpretation, and how prosody modulates it. In Proceedings of the 22nd annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. Davis, CA. 
  • Konieczny, L., Müller, D., Hachmann, W., Schwarzkopf, S., & Wolfer, S. A. (2009). Local syntactic coherence interpretation. evidence from a visual world study. In N. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the the 31st annual conference of the cognitive science society (p. 1133-1138). Austin, TX. (pdf)
  • Konieczny, L., Ruh, N., & Müller, D. (2009). What’s in an error?  A closer look at SRNs processing relative clauses. In A. Howes, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds.), Proceedings of the the 9th international conference on cognitive modeling. Manchester, UK. (pdf)
  • Konieczny, L., & Weldle, H. (2009). Embodied perspektives. In P. Auer & M. Hilpert (Eds.), Frias workshop: Grammar, space and cognition. Freiburg. 
  • Konieczny, L., Weldle, H., Wolfer, S., Müller, D., Baumann, P., Feldmeth, A. K., et al. (2009). Local syntactic coherences interfere with on-line anaphora resolution. In Proceedings of the the 15th annual conference architectures and mechanisms for language processing. Barcelona, Spain. 
  • Müller, D., Hachmann, W., & Konieczny, L. (2009). Local syntactic and semantic coherence in reading. In Proceedings of the the 15th annual conference architectures and mechanisms for language processing. Barcelona, Spain. 
  • Müller, D., Weldle, H., Konieczny, L., Baumann, P., & Wolfer, S. A. (2009). Local syntactic coherences interfere with anaphora resolution. In Proceedings of the 15th european conference on eye movements. Southampton, UK. 
  • Ragni, M., Fangmeier, T., Bittner, A., & Konieczny, L. (2009). Incremental model construction: Eye-movements reflect mental representations and operations – even if there is nothing to look at. In N. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the the 31st annual conference of the cognitive science society (p. 3046-3051). Austin, TX. (pdf)
  • Weldle, H., Baumann, P., Müller, D., Wolfer, S. A., & Konieczny, L. (2009). Connectionist modeling of syntax and anaphora resolution. In Proceedings of the 22nd annual CUNY conference on human sentence processing. Davis, CA. 
  • Weldle, H., Konieczny, L., Müller, D., Wolfer, S. A., & Baumann, P. (2009a). Connectionist modeling of situated language processing: Language and meaning acquisition from an embodiment perspective. In N. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st annual conference of the cognitive science society. (p. 827-832). Austin, TX. (pdf)
  • Weldle, H., Konieczny, L., Müller, D., Wolfer, S. A., & Baumann, P. (2009b). Situated language acquisition and processing in integrative connectionist models. In Proceedings of the annual meeting of the embodied and situated language processing. Rotterdam. 
  • Wiener, J., Hoelscher, C., Büchner, S., & Konieczny, L. (2009). How the geometry of space controls visual attention during spatial decision making. In N. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the the 31st annual conference of the cognitive science society. (p. 2286-2291). Austin, TX. (pdf)
     
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