Eva B. Poortman


Hi! Welcome to this webpage. I am a researcher and lecturer, interested in linguistics and its connections to cognitive psychology. More specifically, I am interested in how speakers interpret plural sentences, and how that interpretation process is affected by conceptual information in the human mind.

I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (Utrecht University) in the Netherlands, within the ERC project Forests and Trees: The Formal Semantics of Collective Categorization.

From October 2016 until October 2017 I worked as a lecturer in Research and Communication at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. I developed and taught courses on research methods and supervised students during their BA thesis research.
In July 2016 I completed a PhD at Utrecht University, under supervision of Yoad Winter. From January until June 2014 I was a visiting researcher at the neurolinguistics lab of New York University. My dissertation studied the interpretation of plural reciprocal seIMG_7674-1ntences and plural conjunctive sentences. Its main claim is that conceptual information on content words can affect the logical interpretation of such complex plural sentences, unlike what traditional formal semantic studies of sentence meaning would expect. This research was part of the NWO-funded VICI project Between Logic and Common Sense: The Formal Semantics of Words.