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Elena AndonovaElena Andonova



Director, Center for Cognitive Science

Director, International Summer School in Cognitive Science

New Bulgarian University,

21, Montevideo Str.,

Sofia, 1618,


Phone: ++ 359 2 8110 414



M.A. – English Philology (Linguistics), Sofia University

Ph.D. – School of English, Communication, and Philosophy, Cardiff University


Research Areas


Psycholinguistics. Spatial Communication and Cognition. Language Development.


Teaching Activities


·         Psycholinguistics

·         Language Development

·         Cognitive Linguistics

·         Spatial Cognition and Communication

·         Foundations of Cognitive Science


Selected Research Grants & Projects

·         Suspending Marginalization of the Roma in Kustendil through a model of community development, funded by the Velux Foundation, 2013 – current

·         Instruments for Early Language Assessment and Research in Bulgarian, funded by Global Development Network, 2013 – 2014 (Principal Investigator)

·         Erwerb adversativer Diskursrelationen – 'aber' im deutschen, bulgarischen und englischen L1-Erwerb, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, funded by the German Science Fund (DFG), Kooperationspartner

·         Evolution of Semantic Systems Consortium, A research initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

·         Development of Human-Computer Monitoring and Feedback Systems for the Purposes of Studying Cognition and Translation, 6th FrameworkProgramme, Information Society Technologies, Contract no.: 517590, Consultant, 2006-2009

·         Individual Research Grant, Communication about Space in Human-Robot Interaction, SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition, Bremen, Germany, Principal Investigator, 2005-2006

·         Comparative studies of language development and reading in four languages, Project Coordinator, Co-investigator, NATO Science Programme, Cooperative Science and Technology Sub-Programme, Collaborative Linkage Grant, 2001-2002

·         Developing New Tools for Research on the Language of Bulgarian Children, funded by the Research Support Scheme of the Open Society Support Foundation, Individual Research grant (principal investigator), 2000-2002

·         Crosslinguistic Studies in Aphasia (a joint project with Elizabeth Bates, UCSD) funded by the McDonnell Foundation, one of 4 Principal Investigators, 1996-2001

·         Assessment of the Dynamics of Brain Electrical Activity in Cognitive Processing of Sentences, Bulgarian National Science Fund, Project No. 806, 1999-2001, Consultant

·         Automatic Generation of Instructions in Languages of Eastern Europe, INCO COPERNICUS, PL961104, 1998-1999, Consultant

Selected Publications

Andonova, E. (revision) Parental Report Evidence for Toddlers’ Grammar and Vocabulary in Bulgarian.

 Andonova, E., Taylor, H.A. (2012). Nodding in Dis/agreement: A Tale of Two Cultures. Cognitive Processing, 13(1), 79-82.doi:10.1007/s10339-012-0472-x

Thomas, K., & E. Andonova (2012). Co-ordination of spatial perspectives in response to clarification requests: effects of perceived addressee understanding. Pragmatics and Cognition. 20:3, 505-545. doi: 10.1075/pc.20.3.o4tho

Brunye, T.T., Andonova, E., Meneghetti, C., Noordzij, M., Pazzaglia, F., Wienemann, R., Mahoney, C.R., & Taylor, H.A. (2012). Planning routes around the world: International evidence for southern route preferences. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 32, 297-304. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2012.05.003

Tenbrink, T., Coventry, K. R., & Andonova, E. (2011). Spatial strategies in the description of complex configurations. Discourse Processes, 48:237-266.

Janyan, A., & E. Andonova (2011). Word Naming and Picture Naming in Bulgarian: Contribution of Experiential and Semantic Variables to the Naming RTs. In: Kokinov, B., Karmiloff-Smith, A.,Nersessian, N. J. (eds.) European Perspectives on Cognitive Science. © New Bulgarian University Press, 2011 ISBN 978-954-535-660-5.

Andonova, E., Tenbrink, T., & Coventry, K. R. (2010). Function and context affect spatial information packaging at multiple levels. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 17(4), 575-580.

Andonova, E. (2010). Aligning spatial perspective in route descriptions. In: C. Hölscher et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th international conference onSpatial cognition, pp. 125-138. Springer-Verlag.  Tenbrink, T., Ross, R.J., Thomas, K.E., Dethlefs, N., & E. Andonova (2010). Route instructions in map-based human-human and human-computer dialogue: a comparative analysis. Journal of Visual Languages and Computing 21:5, 292-309.

Janyan, A., Popivanov, I.D., & Andonova, E. (2009). Concreteness effect and word cognate status: ERPs in single word translation. In: (Eds.) Alter, K., Horne, M., Lindgren, M., Roll, M., von Koss Tolkildsen, J., Brain Talk: Discourse with and in the Brain. Lund: Media Tryck. (pp. 21-30).

Andonova, E., Tenbrink, T., & Coventry, K. R. (2008). Spatial Description, Function and Context. In B. C. Love, K. McRae, & V. M. Sloutsky (Eds.),Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 199-204). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Goschler, J., Andonova, E., & Ross, R.J. (2008). Perspective Use and Perspective Shift in Spatial Dialogue. In C. Freksa, N. Newcombe, P. Gärdenfors, & S. Wölfl (Eds.), Spatial Cognition VI: Learning, Reasoning, and Talking about Space (pp.250-265). Berlin: Springer

Janyan, A. & Andonova, E. (2007). Imagery facilitates access to the figurative meaning of unfamiliar idioms. Educação. Temas e Problemas, 4, 31-48.

Andonova, E., Gosheva, A., Janyan, A., & Schaffai, J.S. (2007). Second language gender system affects first language gender classification. In I.Kecskes& L. Albertazzi (Eds.), Cognitive Aspects of Bilingualism (pp.271-299), Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Janyan, A. & Andonova, E. (2006). Word reading in Bulgarian children and adults. In R. Malatesha Joshi & P.G. Aaron (Eds.), Handbook of Orthography and Literacy (pp.275-290), Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Andonova, E. (2006). On changing mental models of a wheelchair robot. In: K. Fischer (ed.), How People Talk to Computers, Robots and Other Artificial Communication Partners.

Andonova, E., D’Amico, S., Devescovi, A., & E. Bates (2004) Gender and Lexical Access in Bulgarian. Perception & Psychophysics, 66(3), 496-507

Székely, A., Jacobsen, T., D’Amico, S., Devescovi, A., Andonova, A., Herron, D., Lu, C. C., Pechmann, T., Pléh, C. Wicha, N., FedermeierGerdjikova, I., Gutierrez, G., Hung, D., Hsu, J., Iyer, G., Kohnert, K., Mehotcheva, T., Orozco-Figueroa, A., Tzeng, A., Tseng, O., Arévalo, A.L., Vargha, A., Butler, A.C., Buffington, R. & E. Bates (2004) A New On-line Resource for Psycholinguistic Studies. Journal of Memory and Language, 51(2), 247-250

Bates, E., D’Amico, S., Jacobsen, T., Székely, A., Andonova, A., Devescovi, A., Herron, D., Lu, C. C., Pechmann, T., Pléh, C. Wicha, N., Federmeier,Gerdjikova, I., Gutierrez, G., Hung, D., Hsu, J., Iyer, G., Kohnert, K., Mehotcheva, T., Orozco-Figueroa, A., Tzeng, A., & O. Tseng (2003) Timed Picture Naming in Seven Languages. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 10(2), 344-380

Popivanov, D., Janyan, A., Andonova, E., & M. Stamenov (2003) Common Dynamic Properties of Biosignals During Cognition: Self-Similarity and Chaotic Dynamics of Both Response Times and EEG During Movement Imagery. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 7(4), pp. 315-328

Andonova, E. (1998) Sentence Interpretation in Bulgarian: The Contribution of Animacy.  Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 54-59

Stamenov, M. & Andonova, E. (1998) Lexical Access and Co-Reference Processing in Bulgarian. In D. Hillert (Ed.), Sentence Processing: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective, San Diego: Academic Press

Bates, E., Wulfeck, B., Hernandez, A. & Andonova, E. (1996) The Competition Model: Implications for Language Processing, Language Development and Language Breakdown. In B. Kokinov (Ed.), Perspectives on Cognitive Science, vol. 2, Sofia: NBU Press


Mailing address

Research Center for Cognitive Science
Department of Cognitive Science and Psychology,
New Bulgarian University
21, Montevideo Str.
Sofia 1635, Bulgaria

Tel.: (+359)
Fax: (+359)