Irene Mognon

PhD Student


in press

journal articles


  • Mognon, I., Implicatures: Production/comprehension asymmetries in language acquisition, Abstract selected for presentation at the Science Speed Geeking Event - Experimental Pragmatics Summer School - Berlin, Germany (August, 2019)


  • Mognon, I., Hartman, C. A., Kuijper, S. & Hendriks, P., Pronoun interpretation and implicature computation: The interaction between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in children with ASD, Poster presented at "Language Abilities in Children with Autism" Workshop - Tours, France (April, 2019)


  • 2018 – Present: PhD Student, Center for Language and Cognition Groningen, University of Groningen, Netherlands

  • 2015–2017: Master’s Degree in Linguistics, University of Siena, Italy. Thesis title: The Comprehension of Clitic Left Dislocations in Agrammatic Aphasia. Supervisors: Prof. L. Rizzi, Prof. A. Belletti

  • 2012–2015: Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, University of Bologna, Italy. Thesis title: Prosodia e Struttura Informativa: Una Prospettiva Interlinguistica. Supervisors: Prof. M. Vayra, Dr. C. Avesani


general research interests

  • Typical and Atypical Language Acquisition

  • Cognitive Development

  • Formal Semantics

  • Formal and Experimental Pragmatics

specific topics of investigation

  • Acquisition of inferential abilities, with particular focus on implicatures

  • Relationship between language acquisition and the development of cognitive abilities (theory of mind, cognitive inhibition, working memory)

  • Language acquisition in autism


I have been absorbed by the study of the relationship between natural language, (possible) world(s), and cognition since the first time I have heard that colorless green ideas can perhaps sleep furiously.
As a PhD student at the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (University of Groningen), I investigate primarily topics related to syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, with the aim of formalizing cognitively-plausible models of language; shedding more light on the relationship between linguistic phenomena and cognitive abilities; experimentally assessing the adequacy of formal models of typical and atypical language acquisition.
I am interested also in aphasiology, language evolution, animal linguistics, the hypothesis of logicality of language, and recursion.

Currently, in my PhD project, I am investigating language comprehension and language processing adopting online methods such as eye-tracking and reaction times, under the supervision of Prof. P. Hendriks, Dr. S. Sprenger, and Dr. S. Kuijper.

Interested in my research? Get in touch!


get in touch!

visiting address

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
Harmony Building
Room: 1313-0346
Telephone: +31 50 36 35873

Semantics and cognition research group