After doing my Ph.d in Computational Linguistics at Stockholm University, and working as a senior lecturer there, I joined the Artificial Intelligence Institute (ALICE) in Groningen in 2005. In that year I was also awarded a VENI-grant (200k) for the project "The contribution of contrast in context"
My current research is concerned with lexical semantic and pragmatic influences on pronoun interpretation, but I've also worked on other semantic topics (NPIs, Quantification) and pragmatic topics (presuppositions, abstract objects, verb-phrase ellipsis). I stongly believe we can extend our theoretical understanding of linguistic phenomena by empirical investigation. I regularly use both corpus and psycholinguistic experiments to study semantic and pragmatic problems, and in several instance have combined the two to really investigate a problem from all perspectives.
I've done several experimental investigations of childrens interpretations of pronouns and reflexives (Hendriks & Spenader 2005/2006; Spenader, Smits & Hendriks, 2009.). I've also been involved in numerous recent projects looking at the influence of event-based biases on pronoun interpretation (Spenader & Sprenger 2011, TIN and Tabu-dag), DETECT-2013 (Spenader 2013) and ESSLLI-2013 (Spenader 2013). Together with Prof. Dr. Johan Bos, I created the first annotated corpus of VP-ellipsis (Bos & Spenader 2011), available online for other researchers. I also have a strong background in smaller corpus investigations, for example carrying out the first corpus study of presupposition triggers (Spenader 2002) as well as the first investigation of abstract object anaphora (Spenader 2001) and more recently, resulative connectives (Andersson & Spenader, 2014).
I've also developed methods for the automatic acquisition of antonym pairs as part of my VENI-project (Lobanova, van der Kleij & Spenader, 2010). In work on the Dutch reflexive pronoun usage (Smits, Hendriks & Spenader 2007; Bouma & Spenader 2009), we innovatively used experimental results to supplement sparse data in the corpus results, improving the statistical model. In a more recent project with Marta Anderson, we (Anderson & Spenader 2014) combines corpus investigation with experimental results in a study of resultative marking with and without 'so'.
I am currently organizing ReDraw 2015
with Emar Maier, a workshop on``Redrawing Pragmasemantic Borders'' (March 19-20 2015, Groningen).
I also organized two workshops in Stockholm, one on "Contrast, Information Structure and Intonation" which was held in Stockholm October 28-30, 2005, and one on "Variation within Optimality Theory", from which there is a very nice proceedings