Anna Papafragou

Professor of Linguistics

BA, University of Athens

Ph.D., University College London

Office Location: 
3401-C Walnut Street, Third Floor, Room 328C
Research Interests: 

Language and Communication

Developmental Psychology

Memory and Learning

Specific Research Areas:

Word learning; the development of communication; language processing in children and adults; cross-linguistic perspectives on the language-cognition interface


Professor Anna Papafragou will be considering new graduate students for admission for Fall 2022.


Selected Publications: 

(a full list of Professor Papafragou's publications may be accessed through her website,

Kampa, A. & Papafragou, A. (accepted). Four-year-olds incorporate speaker knowledge into pragmatic inferences. Developmental Science.

Ji, Y. & Papafragou, A. (in press). Is there an end in sight? Viewers' sensitivity to abstract event structure. Cognition.

Saratsli, D., Bartell, S., & Papafragou, A. (in press). Cross-linguistic frequency and the learnability of semantics: Artificial language learning studies of evidentiality. Cognition.

Fairchild, S., Mathis, A., & Papafragou, A. (in press). Pragmatics and social meaning: Understanding under-informativeness in native and non-native speakers. Cognition.

Skordos, D., Bunger, A., Richards, C., Selimis, S., Trueswell, J., & Papafragou, A. (in press). Motion verbs and memory for motion events. Cognitive Neuropsychology, Special Issue on language and other cognitive systems.

Ünal, E., Ji, Y., & Papafragou, A. (in press). From event representation to linguistic meaning. Topics in Cognitive Science.

Ünal, E., & Papafragou, A. (2020). Relations between language and cognition: Evidentiality and sources of knowledge. Topics in Cognitive Science 12 (Special issue in honor of Lila Gleitman), 115-135.

Papafragou, A., & Grigoroglou, M.  (2019). The role of conceptualization in language production: Evidence from event encoding. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 34, 1117-1128. (Special issue on Speaking.)

Grigoroglou, M., & Papafragou, A. (2019). Children’s (and adults') production adjustments to generic and particular listener needs. Cognitive Science.

Fairchild, S., & Papafragou, A. (2019). Language and categorization in monolinguals and bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-13.