Johannes Gerwien

Johannes Gerwien (PostDoc) is a co-founder of the HULC lab. His main scientific interest concerns the representation and linguistic encoding of events and the inter-relation between visual perception and linguistic representation. He is approaching these topics from the perspective of language production, as well as language comprehension. Currently he is involved in several HULC lab projects (see side bar) and interdisciplinary cooperations.

Learn more about Johannes' teaching activity at his profile on the IDF server.



Dietrich, Rainer & Gerwien, Johannes (2017). Psycholinguistik - Eine Einführung. J.B. Metzler, Auflage: 3.


Gerwien, J. & Herweg, M. (2017). Aspectual Class (Under-)Specification in the Generation of Motion Event Representations – A Project Outline. Heidelberg University Papers on Language and Cognition (1).

Klages, H. & Gerwien, J. (in press). Anapherauflösung bei Kindern im Erst- und Zweitspracherwerb - Erkenntnisstand und Erkenntnislücken.

Gerwien, J. & Flecken, M. (2016). First things first? Top-down influences on event apprehension. In:Papafragou, A., Grodner, D., Mirman, D., & Trueswell, J.C. (Eds.) (2016). Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. abstract and article.

Gerwien, J. & Flecken, M. (2015). There is no prime for time: The missing link between form and concept of progressive aspect in L2 production. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Vol. 18, Iss. 5.

Klages, H. & Gerwien, J. (2014). Verstehen anaphorischer Personalpronomina im DaZ- und DaM-Erwerb. In: Pagonis, G. & Klages, H. (Eds.), Linguistisch fundierte Sprachförderung und Sprachdidaktik - Grundlagen, Konzepte, Desiderate. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.

Flecken, M., Gerwien, J., Carroll, M. & v. Stutterheim, C. (2014). Analyzing gaze allocation during language production: a cross-linguistic study on dynamic events. Language and Cognition, 2014, 1-29.

Flecken, M. & Gerwien, J. (2013). Grammatical aspect modulates event duration estimations: findings from Dutch. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society pp. 2309‐2314. Austin, TX:Cognitive Science Society. abstract and article.

Gerwien, J. (2011). A psycholinguistic approach to AT-structure analysis. In: Sprachliche Variationen, Varietäten und Kontexte. Festschrift für Rainer Dietrich, Katharina Spalek, Juliane Domke (ed), Stauffenburg Festschriften.


Muqing Li, Johannes Gerwien and Monique Flecken. (oral presentation). First things first: Cross-linguistic analyses of event apprehension. Linguistic Diversity Meets The Brain: Future directions in the language sciences.Workshop at the Department of Comparative Linguistics, University of Zurich on 15th–17th May 2017.

Ines Marberg & Johannes Gerwien (2017) 'On the road to ... somewhere?' - Change blindness in event description tasks is informative about the interrelation between visual perception and language planning, poster presentation at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, London, UK.

Oleksandra Gubina & Johannes Gerwien (2017). Gender representation and processing in Russian-German bilinguals, poster presentation at the 23rd AMLaP conference, Lancaster, UK.

Gerwien, J. & Kexin Xi (poster presentation). Predicting object states in Mandarin Chinese – insights from the bǎ-construction. 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, March 29-April 1, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts. abstract and poster

Ran Wang & Gerwien, J. (poster presentation). Processing discourse referents in Mandarin active and passive SOV sentences. 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, March 29-April 1, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts. abstract and poster

v. Stutterheim, C., Bouhous, A, & Gerwien, J. (poster presentation). The impact of aspectual categories on the construal of motion events: The case of Tunisian Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic. EXAL+ NYU, Abu Dhabi 2016. poster

Gerwien, J. & Rudka, M. (poster presentation). Using the visual world paradigm to study the online processing of the German scalar focus particle “sogar”. 3rd AttLis workshop, 10–11 March 2016, Potsdam, Germany. poster

Kurucz, I. & Gerwien, J. (poster presentation). 'Save the date' - Eye movements during calendar date processing reflect pre-articulatory self-monitoring. 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, March 3-5, 2016, Gainesville, Florida. poster

Gerwien, J. & v. Stutterheim, C. (oral presentation). Grammatical constraints on event packaging and potential effects on the segmentation of the perceptual stream: Motion events in language and cognition under a cross linguistic perspective. Pre-CUNY workshop: Events in Language and Cognition - 2016, Gainesville, Florida, March 2nd, 2016.

Rudka, M. & Gerwien, J. (oral presentation). The focus sensitive element German "sogar" – Does the procedural meaning of sogar help speakers to accelerate the comprehension of a semantic scale?. 14th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association, 2015, Antverp, Belgium.

Gerwien, J. & Flecken, M. (poster presentation). Structural priming in the production of progressive aspect in Dutch. CUNY 2015, San Diego, USA.

Gerwien, J., Bouhaous, A. & v. Stutterheim, C. (oral presentation). Typological differences in spatial and aspectual perspective taking in descriptions of dynamic scenes. DGFS Jahrestagung, 2015, Leipzig, Germany.

Gerwien, J. (invited talk). How to Get into People's Heads - Three psycholinguistic methods to investigate viewpoint aspect. Institute of English Philology (Prof. Joanna Blaszczak), University of Wroclaw, Poland (November 2014).

Gerwien, J. & Flecken, M. (poster presentation). 'Progressive' priming in sentence production: conceptual and form-related features of progressive aspect in Dutch. AMLaP 2013, Marseille, France (September 2013). poster

Flecken, M. & Gerwien, J. (oral presentation). Event duration estimations are modulated by grammatical aspect. AMLaP 2013, Marseille, France (September 2013).

Flecken, M. & Gerwien, J. (poster presentation). Is Event Apprehension Language-Specific? A Comparison of Spanish and German. AMLaP 2012, Riva del Garda, Italy (September 2012). abstract and poster.

Flecken, M., Gerwien, J. & v. Stutterheim, C. Typological constraints on event conceptualization: implications for L2 processing. Talk at ESF exploratory workshop, University of Reading (UK) (September 2012).


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