Alexandra Anna Spalek

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Background and ccademic interests

I hold a BA in Translation and Interpretation in German, Spanish and English and my MA is in Linguistics and Technological Applications. After spending several years working in the branch of NLP, I completed a PhD in linguistics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra working on verb meaning and combinatory semantics. Currently I am a postdoc in the SynSem Project, where I mainly conduct research in comparative linguistics with a special focus on lexical semantics and how lexical models interact with models of composition. I have worked on several phenomena in German, Spanish and Polish in the domain of lexical and structural ambiguities, and have collaborated both with computational linguistics and psycholinguists to empirically inform my theoretical accounts.  


You can consult CRIStin for my recent publications. For a complete list of publications visit:


  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna & Lukassek, Julia (2018). Distinguishing coercion and underspecification in Type Composition Logic. ZAS Papers in Linguistics.  ISSN 1435-9588.  61, s 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 Proceedings.  ISSN 0000-0000.
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2016). Automatically Identifying Selectional Restrictions of Predicates: A Computational Methodology for Practical Lexicography that Challenges Linguistic Theory, In Tinatin Margalitadze & George Meladze (ed.),  Proceedings of the XVII EURALEX International Congress.  Tbilisi University Press.  ISBN 9789941135422.  Artikel.  s 849 - 858
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2015). Spanish change of state verbs in composition with atypical theme arguments. Lingua.  ISSN 0024-3841.  157, s 36- 53
  • Spalek, Alexandra Anna (2015). The influence of context in meaning: The panorama of complement coercion. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.  ISSN 0302-9743.  9405, s 526- 531 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-25591-0_43

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