About me

I am a Ph.D student at the Institut Jean Nicod and the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (École Normale Supérieure, Paris). I am working under the supervision of Emmanuel Chemla and Benjamin Spector, combining experimental and theoretical approaches to Semantics and Pragmatics. For my PhD, I am particularly interested in the way humans understand and process semantically ambiguous sentences.

Research interests: Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Pragmatics, Quantification, Plurals, Ambiguity resolution, Reasoning, Processing.



  • Maldonado, M.; Spector, B.; and Chemla, E. Priming methods in semantics and pragmatics . (2017) Behavioral and Brain Science, 40 . [Commentary on Branigan, H., & Pickering, M. (2016). An experimental approach to linguistic representation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences , 1-73] [ pdf ]
  • Maldonado, M.; Chemla, E.; and Spector, B. (2017) Priming plural ambiguities . Journal of Memory and Language, 95: 89 - 101.
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  • Sevilla, Y.; Maldonado, M.; and Shalom, D. (2014) Pupillary dynamics reveal computational cost in sentence planning. Quartely Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67: 1041-1052. [journal entry]
  • Maldonado, M.; Sevilla, Y.; and Shalom, D. (2013) La incrementalidad jerárquica en la codificación gramatical. Un estudio de movimientos oculares. In García, A., Orellano de Marra, V., Jaichenco, V. y Wainselboim, A. (Eds.). Lenguaje, cognición y cerebro . Argentinian Society of Linguistics.


  • Maldonado, M. (submitted) Plural marking and d-linking in Spanish interrogatives [pdf]
  • Feiman, R.; Maldonado, M.; Snedeker, J. Priming quantifier scope: Reexamining the evidence against scope inversion (submitted)
  • Maldonado, M.; Chemla, E.; Spector, B. Priming as a window to the collective/distributive ambiguity of adjectival predicates . [abstract]
  • Maldonado, M.; Dunbar, E.; Chemla, E. A linear discriminant analysis to dissociate decision processes with mouse tracking.
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  • Kriz, M. and Maldonado, M. An experimental note to inverse distributivity.