Dr. Thora Tenbrink

Principal Investigator

School of Linguistics & English Language
Room 331, 3rd floor New Arts
Bangor University
College Road, Bangor
Gwynedd LL57 2DG

+44 1248 382263


About me

I started as a Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics at Bangor University (Wales, UK) in September 2012. Before that I worked for ten years as a research scientist at the Faculty of Linguistics at Bremen University), and was involved with the SFB/TR 8 from its very early stages. My main interest concerns the relationship between cognitive processes and linguistic representations. Examples for my research include wayfinding strategies, spatial communication in complex built environments, and spatial inferences derived by wayfinders from situational clues, experience, and verbal and graphical information. I am the author of "Space, Time, and the Use of Language" (Mouton de Gruyter, 2007), and editor (with Kenny Coventry and John Bateman) of "Spatial Language and Dialogue" (Oxford University Press, 2009).


Verbal protocol analysis
Cognitive Discourse Analysis
Cognitive strategies
Mental representations
Communication and cognition

Research Projects



in addition to SFB projects:

SILC Travel Award through the SAVI grant. Support for a research visit to Holly Taylor’s Lab at Tufts University (Medford, MA) in 2013.

"Psychopragmatic analysis of problem solving processes" granted by the University of Bremen (August 2008 - July 2011)

Tandem Project (January 2007 - December 2009) - funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Joint project with Dr. Jan Wiener: Wayfinding Strategies in Behavior and Language.


COSIT 2013: Conference on Spatial Information Theory. September 2-4, 2013, Scarborough, UK.

CogSci 2014: 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, July 23-26, 2014, Québec, Canada.

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