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Prof. Dr. Markus Werning

Chair of Philosophy of Language & Cognition
Department of Philosophy, Room GA 04/43
Ruhr University Bochum, 44780 Bochum
Phone: 0234-32-24734, Fax: 0234-32-14463

Administration: Christiane Dahl, MA
Phone: 0234-32-26739, Room GA 04/42

Student office hours: Tuesdays, 15:15-16:00.

My agenda is deeply rooted in a naturalistic understanding of philosophy. The overarching goal of my research is to approach questions in the philosophy of language and cognition and related areas with exact theoretical (formal semantics, Bayesianism, computational modelling) and advanced empirical methods (EEG and fMRI). I view these areas of philosophy in continuity with the cognitive sciences where, in philosophy, emphasis is put on theoretical rigor as well as meta- and cross-disciplinary aspects.


Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Events

  • XPrag-Workshop: CoMPrag2018 - Computational Models of Language Generation and Processing in Pragmatics, Bochum, 26-28 September, 2018.
  • EuroCogSci 2019: The European Conference for Cognitive Science, Bochum, 2-4 September 2019.

Most Recent Publications

  • Spychalska, M., & Kontinen, J., Noveck, I., Reimer, L., & Werning, M. (2018). When numbers are not exact: ambiguity and prediction in the processing of sentences with bare numerals. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. doi: 10.1037/xlm0000644
  • Liefke, K., & Werning, M. (2018). Evidence for single-type semantics an alternative to e/t-based dual-type semantics. Journal of Semantics. doi: /10.1093/jos/ffy009.
  • Werning, M., & Cheng, S. (2018.). Doing without metarepresentation: Scenario construction explains the epistemic generativity and privileged status of episodic memory. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41. doi:10.1017/S0140525X17001534. [Sharable link]
  • Cosentino, E., Baggio, G., Kontinen, J., & Werning, M. (2017). The time-course of sentence meaning composition. N400 effects of the interaction between context-induced and lexically stored affordances. Frontiers in Psychology 8 (818). DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00813
  • Werning, M., & Cosentino, E. (2017). The interaction of Bayesian pragmatics and lexical semantics in linguistic interpretation: Using event-related potentials to investigate hearers’ probabilistic predictions. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3504-3509). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]
  • Werning, M., & Cheng, S. (2017). Taxonomy and Unity of Memory. In: Bernecker, S., & Michaelian, K. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory (pp 7-20). London: Routledge. [pdf]
  • Reuter, K., Werning, M., Kuchinke, L, & Cosentino, E. (2016). Reading Words Hurts: The impact of pain sensitivity on people’s ratings of pain-related words. Language and Cognition, 1-15. DOI:10.1017/langcog.2016.29
  • Ben-Yami, H., Carston, R. & Werning, M. (Eds. 2016). Special Issue: Trends in Philosophy of Language and Mind. Synthese. DOI:10.1007/s11229
  • Spychalska, M., Kontinen, J., & Werning, M. (2016). Investigating Scalar Implicatures in a Truth-value Judgment Task: Evidence from Event-related Brain Potentials. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 31(6), 817–840. DOI 10.1080/23273798.2016.1161806
  • Cheng, S., Werning, M., & Suddendorf, T. (2016). Dissociating Memory Traces and Scenario Construction in Mental Time Travel. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 60, 82-89. DOI 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.11.011
  • Cheng, S., & Werning, M. (2016). What is Episodic Memory if it is a Natural Kind? Synthese 193, 1345–1385. DOI 10.1007/s11229-014-0628-6
  • Publications before 2016.


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