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Joanna BLOCHOWIAK

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Dr. Joanna Blochowiak

Collaboratrice scientifique/PostDoc

L701 (7ème étage)
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Current Position

  • PostDoc at Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) with the grant Move-In Louvain (January 2018 - September 2019).

 

Previously held positions

  • Visiting fellow at Rutgers University (USA) with the grant International Short Visit from Swiss National Science Foundation (September 2017 – December 2017)
  • PostDoc in the project: ‘LogPrag: the semantics and pragmatics of logical words (negation, connectives, quantifiers)’ financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (July 2014 - December 2017).
  • Lecturer DIP at the Department of Linguistics, University of Geneva (October 2013-June 2014)
  • Coordinator of Swiss Doctoral Schools CUSO (Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale) (2013-2017 )
  • Teaching Assistant DIP at the Department of Linguistics, University of Geneva (April 2010-September 2013)
  • Teaching and Research Assistant (CANDOC no 100012-113382) at the Department of Linguistics, University of Geneva (April 2007- August 2009 and July 2010 - March 2010 - one year break for visiting Harvard University (Cambridge, USA))
Teaching activities

Courses

  • Delivering course “Pragmatics” for 2nd year Bachelor Student in General Linguistics (Spring 2014)
  • Delivering seminars and exercises in Logic, Formal Semantics and Pragmatics for Bachelor Students in General Linguistics (2011-2013)
  • Delivering seminars and exercises in Logic, Formal Semantics and Pragmatics for Bachelor Students in General Linguistics (2010)
  • Delivering course “Introduction to Pragmatics” for 2nd year Bachelor Student in General Linguistics (Spring 2011)
  • Co-delivering seminars in French Linguistics for Students in Psychology (specialization in Logopedics) (Fall 2010)
  • Delivering seminars and exercises in Logic, Formal Semantics and Pragmatics for Bachelor Students in General Linguistics and French Linguistics (2006-2009)

 

Membership in DEA/Cértificat de Spécialisation jury

  • Iulia Miaun « Quantifieurs, contrastes lexicaux et implicatures scalaires » (2016)
  • Karoliina Lohiniva « Scales and squares: A study of opposition and entailment » (2014)
  • Aurore de Brot « L'expression de la causalité en japonais: l'ordre temporel et connecteurs » (2013)
  • Irina Breahna « Le calcul des inférences directionnelles en roumain. Etude expérimentale » (2013)
  • Enrique Serra Olivares «Exploring beliefs and manipulation from a cognitive pragmatics perspective » (2013)
  • Priyanka Kharbanda « Discourse connectives : study of causal connectives KYO~KI, ISLIYE, AUR in Hindi » (2012)
  • Marina Petrossian « Etude des contes arméniennes et françaises » (2011)
  • Hasmik Jivanyan « Les relations causales exprimées par parce que : études de corpus » (2011)
  • Doina Istrati « Aspects sémantiques et pragmatiques des prépositions spatiales françaises » (2009)
Diplomas and scholarships

Diplomas

  • Defence of PhD, Title: A theoretical approach to the quest for understanding. Semantics and pragmatics of whys and becauses. University of Geneva, Supervisor: Prof. Jacques Moeschler (June 2014)
  • DEA (Diplôme d’Études Approfondies) in Linguistics (Semantics and Pragmatics), University of Geneva; Title: Le puzzle Comment… ? – Pourquoi… ? Supervisor: Prof. Jacques Moeschler (June 2007)
  • Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy, University of Geneva, Department of Philosophy; Title: L’explication et ‘parce que’ Supervisor: Prof. Kevin Mulligan (September 2006)
  • Master of Arts Degree in Computational Linguistics, University of Geneva, Department of Linguistics; Title: L’implémentation d’une série d’outils d’analyse partielle du français écrit et son application à la classification automatique des verbes français. Supervisor: Prof. Paola Merlo (October 2004)

 

Training and scholarships

  • Visiting fellow at Rutgers University (USA) with the grant International Short Visit from Swiss National Science Foundation (September 2017 – December 2017)
  • Visiting fellow at Harvard University (Cambridge, USA) with the grant from Swiss National Science Foundation (CANDOC project suspended for the time of the grant) (August 2009 - July 2010)
  • Graduate student, Tutorial in Neurolinguistics at CUNY (New York, USA) (March 2010)
  • Graduate student, Linguistic Institute (LSA), University of Stanford (California, USA) (July 2007)
Publications and presentations

Publications

 

Invited talks

  • Blochowiak J. (June 2017) « Perspectives théorique et expérimentale des connecteurs causaux » Université de Belgrade (Serbia).

  • Blochowiak J. (May 2017) « Evènements négatifs, négation et le temps » Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

  • Blochowiak J. (April 2017) « Deux sortes de négation : au-delà du renversement de la valeur de vérité. Une approche expérimentale » Université de Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

  • Blochowiak J. (December 2016) « How much logic is there in pragmatic connectives? » Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

  • Blochowiak J. (September 2016) « Le traitement de la conjonction ‘et’: explication syntaxique ou pragmatique? » Università Orientale (Naples, Italy).

 

Presentations

  • Blochowiak J., Castelain T. & Musolino J. (December 2018) When and why do we enrich? An experimental investigation of pragmatic enrichment in reasoning. CogLing 8, (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).

  • Blochowiak J. & Grisot C. (June 2018) How usage influences processing: the example of the French causal connectives parce que and car, INPRA 2018 (Nicosia, Cyprus).

  • Grisot C. & Blochowiak J. (June 2018) The co-occurrence of verbal tenses and temporal connectives: are there any preferences?, Chronos (Neuchâtel, Switzerland).

  • Blochowiak J., Castelain T. & Musolino J. (May 2018) How causality biases our reasoning, EPICS VIII (Sevilla, Spain).

  • Grisot C. & Blochowiak J. (May 2018) The interplay between cognitive biases and procedural meaning: the case of temporal connectives, EPICS VIII (Sevilla, Spain).

  • Grisot C. & Blochowiak J. (September 2017) « Processing implicit and explicit temporal relations: evidence from French» 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europea, (Zurich, Switzerland).

  •  Blochowiak J. (April 2017) « How does the notion of epistemic vigilance help reassessing procedural information » Meaning Context Cognition conference (Lodz, Poland).

  •  Blochowiak J. C. Grisot & J. Moeschler (February 2017) « Is negation ambiguous? Descriptive and metalinguistic uses of negation under experimental and theoretical perspectives » ComCog2017, Miscommunication – Getting Lost in Language(s) (Fribourg, Switzerland).

  •  Blochowiak J. (September 2016) « An experimental evidence for the relevance-theoretic treatment of the conjunction ‘and’ » Between (Stable) Meanings and (Unstable) Interpretations (Krakow, Poland).

  •  Blochowiak J. (September 2016) « Negation and causal explanations » 49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europea (Naples, Italy).

  •  Blochowiak J. (July 2016) « Symmetric and asymmetric ‘and’. An experimental perspective » 9èmes Journées de Linguistique Suisse (Geneva, Suisse).

  •  Blochowiak J. (June 2016) « A syntactic and pragmatic perspective on ‘and’ from an experimental point of view » Intercultural Pragmatics (Split, Croatia).

  •  Blochowiak J. (June 2016) « A pragmatic factor in the interpretation process of logical words. An experimental perspective on conjunction and negation » - poster presentation at 2016 Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (Austin, Texas, USA).

  • September 2015 « Connectives: concepts, procedures or both? » - presentation at 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europea (SLE) (Leiden, Netherlands).
  • June 2015 « Logical meaning of non-logical connectives and non-logical meaning of logical connectives» - presentation at LogPrag Workshop (Les Diablerets, Switzerland)
  • June 2015 « Online processing of temporal discourses: verbal tenses and ensuite » - presentation with Cristina Grisot at LogPrag Workshop (Les Diablerets, Switzerland)
  • May 2015 « Discourse connectives and epistemic vigilance » - presentation at GlobE conference (Warsaw, Poland)
  • June 2014 « The knotty problem of temporal and causal interpretations of and » - presentation at Chronos conference (Pisa, Italy).
  • May 2014 « Conceptual and procedural meaning of connectives » - presentation at Intercultural Pragmatics conference (La Valetta, Malta).
  • July 2013 « Towards a unified approach to logical and non-logical connectives – the example of ‘and’ » - presentation at Workshop on Logical Words, ICL (Geneva, Suisse).
  • September 2012 « Inferential and relational nature of because » - presentation at “7èmes Journées de Linguistique Suisse” (Lugano, Suisse).
  • May 2012 «Pragmatically tuned reasonings – the case of because » - presentation at NDLP2012 – 6th Lodz Symposium: New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics.
  • September 2011 « Sentential semantic priming of causal-purposive and concessive relations» - poster presentation with Gözde Bahadir at New Trends in Experimental Psycholinguistics (ERP) (Madrid, Espagne).
  • September 2011 « The role of aspect in causally linked sentences without connectives » - presentation at New Trends in Experimental Psycholinguistics (ERP) (Madrid, Espagne).
  • May 2011 « Semantic priming at the sentence level: causal vs. purposive because » - presentation with Gözde Bahadir at ExLing2011 (Paris, France).
  • December 2010 « The weight of order and aspect in processing of causality » - presentation at “6èmes Journées de Linguistique Suisse” (Neuchâtel, Switzerland).
  • September 2010 « Semantic priming at the sentence level: causal vs. purposive because » - poster presentation with Gözde Bahadir (Edinburgh, UK).
  • August 2010 « The impact of order and aspect in processing of causally linked sentences » - presentation with Jacques Moeschler and Thomas Castelain at ExLing2010 (Athens, Greece).
  • April 2010 « Semantic priming and expectation-driven processing of pragmatic relations » - presentation with Gözde Bahadir to the PolinskyLab at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA).
  • April 2010 « The impact of order and aspect in processing of causally linked sentences in French » - presentation to the PolinskyLab at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA).
  • December 2009 « Events and states in processing of different causal orders » - presentation to Suzanne Flynn’s class at MIT (Cambridge, MA, USA).
  • June 2009 « Events and States in causal reasoning » - presentation at the Workshop: ‘Theoretical and experimental approaches to the pragmatics of causality in natural languages’ (Leysin, Switzerland).
  • November 2008  « L’analyse comparative des marques causales en français basées sur une étude expérimentale » - presentation at “5èmes Journées de Linguistique Suisse” (Winterthur, Switzerland).
  • October 2008  « La causalité, l’aspect et la négation » - presentation at Rencontre Scientifique ‘Causality and Argumentation’ at l’Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland).
  • June 2008  « Quelques études expérimentales sur l’expression de la causalité en langue naturelle » - presentation at Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale (Marseille, France).
  • January 2008  « Explication et causalité » - presentation at ISC (Institut des Sciences Cognitives), Lyon (France).
  • November 2006  « Classification automatique des verbes français basée sur l’analyse statistique du corpus » - presentation at “4èmes Journées de Linguistique Suisse” (Bâle, Switzerland).
  • June 2006 « L’aspect et l’article en langues slaves. L’exemple du polonais. » - presentation at doctoral school CUSO (Leysin, Switzerland).
Academic and editorial activities

 

Evaluation and peer reviewing

  • Reviewer for 'Frontiers in Psychology'
  • Reviewer for ‘Intercultural Pragmatics’
  • Reviewer for ‘Corpus Linguistics’
  • Reviewer for Les Cahiers du CENTAL 2017 (Université Catholique de Louvain)
  • Member of the scientific committee for the 5th International Conference ‘Discourse Markers in Romance Languages: Boundaries and Interfaces’ (DisRom 2017), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium November 2017
  • Reviewer for the ESSLLI 2016 and 2017 Student Session (Language & Logic track)
  • Member of the scientific committee for the conference “9ème Journées de la Linguistique Suisse” Geneva 2016
  • Member of the scientific committee for the journal Nouveaux cahiers de linguistique française (2015)
  • Member of the scientific committee for the third Logic Now and Then conference organized by CRISSP, “The semantics and pragmatics of logical constants”, Brussels 2015
  • Member of the scientific committee for the Experimental Psycholinguistic Conference (ERP), Madrid 2012
  • Member of the scientific committee for the Swiss Workshop in Generative Grammar SWIGG 11, Geneva April 2011

Academic activities

  • Co- organizer of the Doctoral School CUSO “Language Acquisition: theoretical and experimental approaches”, Champex, Switzerland (June 2018), with Prof. Adriana Belletti
  • Co- organizer of the Panel at EPICS VIII "Biases in language comprehension and reasoning", Sevilla, Spain (May 2018), with Dr. Cristina Grisot and Misha Müller

  • Co- organizer of the Workshop at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europea International Conference ‘Why is ‘why’ unique?’, Zurich, Switzerland (September 2017), with Prof. Luigi Rizzi, Prof. Ur Shlonsky and Dr. Gabriela Soare
  • Co- organizer of the Workshop CUSO " Le raisonnement statistique, visualisation et analyse des données catégorielles et numériques" (Geneva, February 2017), with Dr. Cristina Grisot and Karoliina Lohiniva
  • Co- organizer of the Doctoral School CUSO “Modality in grammar and discourse”, Champex, Switzerland (January 2017), with Prof. Corinne Rossari and Prof. Genoveva Puskas
  • Co- organizer of the Workshop at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europea International Conference ‘Negation at the syntax, semantics and pragmatics interfaces: theoretical and experimental approaches’, Naples, Italy (September 2016), with Prof. Jacques Moeschler and Dr. Cristina Grisot
  • Co- organizer of the 9th Days of Swiss Linguistics "Diversity of structures and meanings in natural language: empirical, experimental and theoretical approaches" (Geneva, June/July 2016) with Prof. Jacques Moeschler and Dr. Cristina Grisot
  • Co- organizer of the Workshop CUSO "Conception d'expériences avancées et analyse des données complexes avec E-Prime 2.0" (Geneva, February 2016) with Dr. Cristina Grisot
  • Co- organizer of the Workshop at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europea International Conference ‘Empirical and theoretical perspectives on the conceptual - procedural distinction’, Leiden, The Netherlands (September 2015) with Prof. Jacques Moeschler and Dr. Cristina Grisot
  • Organizer of the Workshop ‘Logical Words’ at Diablerets, Switzerland (June 2015)
  • Co- organizer of the Doctoral School CUSO “Language and the Brain” (February 2015) with Prof. Ur Shlonsky
  • Co- organizer of the Workshop CUSO “Méthodes empiriques en Sciences du Langage” (January and March 2015) with Dr. Cristina Grisot
  • Co- organizer of the Swiss Workshop in Generative Grammar SWIGG 11 (April 2011) with Dr. Lena Baunaz and Dr. Ana-Maria Bentea
  • Co- organizer of the Swiss Workshop in Generative Grammar SWIGG 09 (April 2009) with Dr. Gabriela Soare and Gregory Ellison
  • Co-responsible of the Research Seminar at the Department of Linguistics, Geneva (2008-2009) with Dr. Tabea Ishane
  • Co- organizer of the colloque Maîtrise du français (MF07), Geneva (June 2007) with Prof. Jacques Moeschler and Prof. Sandrine Zufferey

Editorial activities

  • Co-editor of "Formal models in the study of language" Springer (2017)
  • Co-editor of Nouveaux Cahiers de Linguistique Française 32 (2015)
  • Co-editor of electronic Festschrift “Collection of papers dedicated to Jacques Moeschler” (2014)
  • Co-editor of Generative Grammar@Geneva (2011)

Institutional Affiliations

  • SSL (Swiss Society of Linguistics)
  • LSA (Linguistic Society of America)
  • SSLPS (Swiss Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science)
  • PhilEAS (Association des étudiants en philosophie, Geneva)

Service to the community and to the city

  • Member of the Committee for a Promotion from Lecturer to Associate Professor in French Linguistics at the University of Geneva (May 2016)
  • President of the ‘Commission mixte’ (2015-2016)
  • Member of the ‘Commission mixte’ (2014-2015)
  • Active participation in the ‘450e anniversaire de l’Université de Genève’ (2009)

Postdocs