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Anna Czypionka

Postdoctoral Researcher
Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Konstanz
Fach D 191
Universitätstraße 10
D-78457 Konstanz

Phone: +49 (0) 7531 88 5213
Room: H 140
Office hours: By appointment


Research Interests

  • Sentence comprehension and single word recognition
  • Animacy
  • Verbs: transitivity, case marking, separability, semantics
  • Complex words
  • Questions
  • Experimental pragmatics


Research Methods


Acceptability ratings, self-paced reading, lexical decision tasks, eyetracking, ERP



Projects and Collaborations


I am currently a PostDoc in project P1 of the research unit "Questions at the Interfaces".

I am associated with the Center for Experimental Research on Natural Language, as well as the project FOCUS/FNP (headed by Prof. J. Blaszczak) at Wroclaw University.





  • Guest lectureship at University of Cyprus (Erasmus +)
SS 2015
  • Psycholinguistics, BA seminar
  • Sentence Production, MA seminar
WS 2014/15
  • Introduction to linguistics, LA seminar
  • Syntax II, BA seminar
SS 2014
  • Psycholinguistic perspectives on second language acquisition, MA seminar
  • Sentence processing, BA seminar
WS 2013/14
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to psycholinguistics (BA seminar)
SS 2013
  • Psycholinguistic studies in second language acquisition, Seminar
  • Sentence comprehension


Short CV (Download long CV)



Ph.D defense

08/2013 - present

Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Constance

2008 - 2013

Ph.D. thesis at ZAS Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Berlin School of Mind and Brain


MA Biochemistry


Publications, Conferences, Invited talks





Czypionka, A., Dörre, L. and Bayer, J. (to appear). Inverse Case Attraction – Experimental Evidence for a Syntactically Guided Process. Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics.

Czypionka, A. & Spalek, K. & Wartenburger, I. & Krifka, M. (2017).On the interplay of object animacy and verb type during sentence comprehension in German: ERP evidence from the processing of transitive dative and accusative constructions. Linguistics 55 (6).

Dörre, L., Czypionka, A., Trotzke, A. and Bayer, J. (to appear). The Processing of German Modal Particles and Their Counterparts. Linguistische Berichte.

Dörre, L. & Trotzke, A. & Czypionka, A. & Bayer, J. (2015). The At-Issue and Non-At-Issue Meaning of Modal Particles and their Counterparts. Proceedings of the 28th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Los Angeles, USA.

Czypionka, A. Czypionka, A. The interplay of object animacy and verb class in representation building. Dissertation, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philosophische Fakultät II (published 09th July 2014)

Czypionka, A. (2007). Word order and Focus position in the World's languages. Czypionka, Linguistische Berichte 212.


Czypionka, A. (2007). The isolated C-Terminal domain of Ring1B Is a Dimer Made of Stable, Well-Structured Monomers. Czypionka et al., Biochemistry, 46 (44), 12764-12776.

Conference presentations



Can deverbal nominalizations be more verbal than finite verbs? New evidence from EEG recordings. Joanna Blaszczak, Anna Czypionka, Dorota Klimek-Jankowska. The 7th Workshop on Nominalizations / JENom7, June 1-2, 2017. Universität Fribourg. talk.


The processing of perfective and imperfective aspect in Polish: Evidence from eye-tracking and self-paced reading experiments. Dorota Klimek-Jankowska, Anna Czypionka, Joanna Blaszczak. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL 26), May 19 - May 21, 2017, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. talk


The licensing of discourse particles in complex questions: Evidence from graded judgments and event-related potentials. Anna Czypionka, Josef Bayer, Maribel Romero & Carsten Eulitz. 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, March 30 - April 1, 2017, MIT Cambridge (MA). poster


Dorota Klimek-Jankowska, Joanna Blaszczak & Anna Czypionka (Wroclaw / Konstanz), Accessing the complexity of event structure in an aspectually complex language - experimental evidence from Polish, Workshop on Formal and Experimental Semantics; Teil von Formal Descriptions of Slavic Languages, Berlin, Humboldt-Universität. 7 December 2016, talk


Czypionka, A. & Lauer, S. Temporal implicatures and world knowledge interact rapidly during sentence comprehension. Logic in Language and in Conversation (LogiCon) workshop, Universiteit Utrecht, September 19-20, poster


Czypionka, A. & Golcher, F. & Eulitz, C. & Bayer, J. Discontinuous particle verbs in German sentence comprehension. AMLAP 2016, Bilbao, Spain, poster


Klimek-Jankowska, D. & Czypionka, A. & Blaszczak, J. Processing correlates of semantic complexity and markedness in languages with perfective / imperfective opposition. AMLAP 2016, Bilbao, Spain, poster


Czypionka, A. & Lauer, S. This week, but not next: Temporal implicatures and their interplay with world knowledge during language comprehension. AMLAP 2016, Bilbao, Spain, poster


Czypionka, A. & Eulitz, C. Case marking affects the processing of animacy with simple verbs, but not particle verbs: An event-related potential study. Czypionka, Anna and Eulitz, Carsten. The syntax of argument structure: empirical advancements and theoretical relevance. 38th DGfS Tagung, Konstanz, Germany, talk


Strinzel, M. & Czypionka, A. Category-specific effects in word recognition of German compound words: Animacy boosts the lexical access of compounds and their components. Linguistic Evidence 2016, Tübingen, Germany, poster


Noun? Verb? Both? Neither? - Psycholinguistic research on the processing of nominalizations. Blaszczak, J. and Czypionka, A. and Klimek-Jankowska, D. A special linguistic workshop on categories, aspect, verbal predicates and nominalization. Wroclaw, Poland, talk


Czypionka, A. & Bader, M. & Bayer, J. Case attraction and the role of lexical case. Workshop `Insufficient strength to defend its case': Case attraction and related phenomena, University of Wroclaw, Poland, talk


Czypionka, Anna & Eulitz, Carsten. Do all verbs mind animate objects? ERP evidence for different influences of animacy on morphologically simple and complex verbs. XII International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, Valencia (Spain), talk


Dörre, Laura & Czypionka, Anna & Trotzke, Andreas & Bayer, Josef. The Non-At-Issue and At-Issue Meaning of Modal Particles and their Counterparts. XII International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, Valencia (Spain), talk


Czypionka, Anna & Dörre, Laura & Bayer, Josef. Two wrongs make one right: Case attraction weakens garden-path effects in comprehension. XII International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, Valencia (Spain), poster


Błaszczak, Joanna & Gulgowski, Piotr & Klimek-Jankowska, Dorota & Czypionka, Anna. Negotiating the noun-verb borders - psycholinguistic research on the processing of nominalizations. Categories in Grammar - Criteria and Limitations. Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin (Germany), talk


Dörre, Laura & Trotzke, Andreas & Czypionka, Anna & Bayer, Josef (2015). The At-Issue and Non-At-Issue Meaning of Modal Particles and their Counterparts. 28th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Los Angeles (USA), poster


Object animacy and transitivity in sentence processing. Czypionka et al., Psycholinguistics in Flanders, Nijmegen (Netherlands), talk


Object animacy effects in more or less transitive sentences. Czypionka et al., CUNY conference on human sentence processing, New York (USA), poster


Different effects of object animacy on the processing of "more or less" transitive verbs. Czypionka et al., Linguistic Evidence, Tübingen (Germany), poster

Invited talks



Lexical Case-Marking in Sentence Comprehension: Evidence from German. March 30th, CAT lecture, University of Cyprus.


Czypionka, A. Processing of discontinuous verbs in German. The role of particles for Case licensing. Czypionka, Anna. Psycholinguistic Workshop in Wroclaw. Center for General and Comparative Linguistics, Uniwersytet Wroclawski (Poland)


Noncanonical case marking and argument animacy in sentence comprehension, Evidence from German. Czypionka et al., Center for General and Comparative Linguistics, Uniwersytet Wroclawski (Poland)


Object animacy and transitivity in sentence processing. Czypionka et al., Grammar and Cognition Group, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (Netherlands)





Caroline-von-Humboldt scholarship, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Doctoral scholarship ZAS Berlin


Doctoral scholarship ZAS Berlin


Travel and accomodation grant Universidad del País Vasco to attend summer school in San Sebastián



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