Alexandra Anna Spalek

Associate Professor - Ibero-romansk
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Phone +47 22856158
Room 904
Visiting address Niels Treschows hus 9. et. Niels Henrik Abels vei 36
Postal address Postboks 1003 Blindern 0315 Oslo


Academic interests

I am interested in natural language interpretation with a special focus on lexical semantics and how the internal semantic structure of words interacts with larger linguistic structures, which aspects of word meaning are grammatically relevant and which are to be considered idiosyncratic, both intra- and cross-linguistically. Another related question I am interested in is how lexical models interact with formal models of composition. These semantic research questions are necessarily often connected to problems addressed by morphology and pragmatics.


For a short summary see my ORCID biography ORCID iD icon and academic tree; for more detailed information consult my CV.


Courses taught



Tags: Linguistics, Lexical Semantics, Semantics, Pragmatics, Spanish, German


  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna & McNally, Louise (2022). Grammatically relevant aspects of meaning and verbal polysemy. Linguistics. ISSN 0024-3949. doi: 10.1515/ling-2020-0167.
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna & Sæbø, Kjell Johan (2019). To Finish in German and Mainland Scandinavian: Telicity and Incrementality. Journal of Semantics. ISSN 0167-5133. 36(2), p. 349–375. doi: 10.1093/jos/ffz003. Full text in Research Archive
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna & Lukassek, Julia (2018). Distinguishing coercion and underspecification in Type Composition Logic. ZAS Papers in Linguistics. ISSN 1435-9588. 61, p. 71–87.
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna & Tomaszewicz, Barbara Maria (2017). Complement coercion in Polish and the role of selectional restrictions revealed in a self-paced reading study. Septentrio Conference Series. ISSN 0000-0000.
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2016). Automatically Identifying Selectional Restrictions of Predicates: A Computational Methodology for Practical Lexicography that Challenges Linguistic Theory. In Margalitadze, Tinatin & Meladze, George (Ed.), Proceedings of the XVII EURALEX International Congress. Tbilisi University Press. ISSN 9789941135422. p. 849–858.
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2015). Spanish change of state verbs in composition with atypical theme arguments. Lingua. ISSN 0024-3841. 157, p. 36–53. doi: 10.1016/j.lingua.2014.12.007.
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2015). The influence of context in meaning: The panorama of complement coercion. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). ISSN 0302-9743. 9405, p. 526–531. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-25591-0_43.
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2013). Calculating scales from change of state verbs and their themes. Proceedings of ConSOLE. ISSN 1574-499X.
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2013). Polisemia en algunos verbos de cambio de estado del español y del inglés. Observaciones preliminares. Revista de Lexicografía. ISSN 1134-4539.
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2012). Putting order into literal and figurative uses of verbs: "romper" as a case study. Borealis – An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics. ISSN 1893-3211. 1(2). doi: 10.7557/
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2009). LA TRASPOSICIÓN SEMÁNTICA METAFÓRICA EN ALGUNOS VERBOS. Interlingüística. ISSN 1134-8941.
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2008). Los diccionarios de aprendizaje y la representación lexicográfica de la transposición semántica en algunos verbos. Verba Hispánica. ISSN 0353-9660. 16(1). doi: 10.4312/vh.16.1.117-127.

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  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2021). Tu gramática determina tu creatividad lingüística.

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