prof. dr. Penka Stateva

Research areas

  • Formal semantics and pragmatics, Experimental pragmatics, Multilingualism, Syntax-semantics interface

Major research foci

  • Implicatures and presuppositions (including from the perspective of bilingualism); linguistic transfer and ultimate attainment in bilingualism; quantification, numerosity and plurality in natural language (focus on cross-linguistic variation); vagueness and comparison; constraints on movement and repercussions on interpretation; sentence processing.

Education and degrees

  • (1997-2002) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Linguistics, University of Connecticut, USA.
  • (1999) Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics, University of Connecticut, USA.
  • (1995-1996) University of Oxford, United Kingdom, OSI/FCO Chevening Scholarship in Linguistics
  • (1993) Truman University, Kirksville, USA, Visiting student in Linguistics
  • (1989-1994) University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Diploma for completed higher education; major: Bulgarian and English; minor: Journalism
  • (1986-1988) State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, degree in Information Science

Academic Positions

  • (2022- present) Vice-rector for Education, University of Nova Gorica
  • (2008-present) Associate Professor, University of Nova Gorica
  • (2007-2008) Visiting Professor, Tübingen University and Research Associate at the University of Konstanz, Germany
  • (2004-2007) Research Associate, Center for General Linguistics, Berlin (ZAS), Germany
  • (2002-2004) Postdoctoral Graduate program in Linguistics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Third party research funding at UNG

  • (2020-2023) Principle Investigator "Linguistic transfer in the pragmatic domain: Slovenian speakers in a multilingual environment", funded by ARRS
  • (2020-2023) Principle Investigator "Beyond agreement: How speakers assign syntactic features in real time", funded by ARRS
  • (2018-2019) EURIAS Programme (Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions – COFUND Programme – funded by EU within FP7) Collegium de Lyon, University of Lyon, “Re-thinking natural language quantifiers: a novel view integrating formal semantics, pragmatics and psychometrics”
  • (2014-2019) AThEME (Advancing the European Multilingual Experience large-scale collaborative project funded by EU within FP), member of UNG team, Director of the Bilingualism Mattes Slovenian partner founded within AThEME