Asya Achimova


Email: asya.achimovaspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday: Wilhelm-Schickard-Institut, Rm. C419, Sand 14, 72076 Tübingen.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Keplerstr. 2, Rm. 093, 72074 Tübingen.

Open office hour: Tuesday, 10:00-12:00 Uhr, Keplerstr. 2 Rm. 093 or via email appointment.

Biographical information

  • Born in Perm, Russia
  • 2002 – 2007 Undergraduate studies at Perm State University, Department of Philology. Diploma in English Language and Literature
  • 2008 – 2014  Ph.D. program in Cognitive Psychology at Rutgers University, New Jersey.
  • 2014 Ph.D. in Psychology, Dissertation advisors: Julien Musolino and Viviane Déprez
  • 2015 – 2016 Part-time lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Leipzig
  • 2016 – 2018 Visiting scholar at Wayne State University, Detroit
  • 2018 – present Post-doc in Graduate School “Ambiguity – Perception and Production” at the University of Tübingen


Research interests

I am interested in ambiguity resolution in sentences with quantifiers. Quantifiers, words such as every, each, some, many interact with other elements in a sentence and create scopal ambiguity allowing for multiple readings of the same sentence. For example, we could understand the sentence Every child watched a movie as describing a situation where all children watched the same movie, or alternatively - a situation where each child watched a different movie. I investigate which properties of the quantifier phrase make each reading possible.

In my postdoctoral project, I am going to look at the problem of ambiguity resolution from a cognitive modeling perspective. I will examine how the structure of an event, and the way it is reflected in language, affects the likelihood of different interpretations. To be more precise, I will focus on the role of topicality in enabling wide scope readings of quantifiers. From a developmental perspective, I am interested in finding the underlying conceptual structures that allow the acquisition of natural language quantifiers.



  • Achimova, A., Deprez, V., Musolino, J (2018). Structural asymmetry in question/ quantifier interactions. In Katalin E. Kiss & Tamás Zétényi (Eds.): Linguistic and cognitive aspects of quantification, Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, vol. 47, Springer, Cham. 13 – 30.
  • Achimova, A., Syrett, K., Musolino, J., Déprez, V (2017). Children’s developing knowledge of wh-/quantifier question-answer relations. Language Learning and Development, 1. 80 – 99.
  • Achimova, A., Staroverov, P., Déprez, V. & Musolino, J (2015). Pair-list answers in naive speakers and professional linguists. In Arkadiev, P.M., Kapitonov, I.S., Lander, Y.A., Rakchilina, E.V., Tatevosov, S.G. (Eds.) Donum semanticum: Opera linguistica et logica in honorem Barbarae Partee a discipulis amicisque Rossicis oblata. Moscow: [Jaziki slavyanskoy kultury] Languages of slavic culture. 21 – 35.
  • Achimova, A., Crosby, C., Déprez, V., Syrett, K., Musolino, J (2013). Which account of wh-/quantifier interaction should everyone adopt: a new take on a classic developmental puzzle. In S. Baiz, N. Goldman, & R. Hawkes (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, MA: Cascadilla Press. 1 – 12.
  • Achimova, A., Déprez, V., Musolino, J (2013). What makes pair-list answers available: an experimental approach. In LaCara, N., Fainleib, L. & Park, Y. (Eds.) NELS 41: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Amherst, MA.: GLSA.


  • Achimova, A., Butz, M., Déprez, V., Musolino, J. "More ambiguous questions: Discourse licenscing of inverse scope." Ambiguity as Information Gaps: Processes of Creation and Resolution. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 16./17. November 2018.