Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dr. Mathias Barthel

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Dr. Mathias Barthel
mathias.barthel (at)

Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik → Englische Sprachwissenschaft
Visiting address
Unter den Linden 6 , Room 2007
Phone number
(030) 2093-70919
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Mathias Barthel did his Abitur in Germany in 2005, majoring in languages and finishing with a focus work on Interlinguistics and Planned Languages. He studied Language and Cognitive Psychology at the Universities of Leipzig, Germany, Wollongong, Australia, and Nijmegen, the Netherlands and received his Magister Artium in English Studies and General Linguistics from Leipzig University in 2012, specializing in Psychology of Language as well as Semantics and Pragmatics. He then moved to the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen for his graduate studies on the Psycholinguistics of Dialogue and received his PhD from Radboud University Nijmegen in early 2020. Mathias currently works as a PostDoc in Experimental Pragmatics at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

His doctoral thesis entitled "Speech Planning in Dialogue - Psycholinguistic Studies of the Timing of Turn Taking" can be downloaded here. Other publications are listed here.



X-Student Research Group on Language Comprehension in Dialogue


This winter semester (2021/22), a group of students will (continue to) work together on a running research project and gain hands-on experience in psycholinguistic experimentation and interaction research. Intersted in joining us? Find more information here.



Seminar on Pragmatics - The Grammar of Interaction


This winter semester (2021/22), a newly designed course on pragmatics and interactional linguistics will be held. The course will cover the basic concepts of linguistic pragmatics, the study of language use, with a focus on the processes of meaning creation, transfer, and interpretation in interaction. We will discuss seminal and more recently emerging literature from a number of intersecting disciplines including theoretical linguistics, interactional linguistics, field and corpus linguistics, psycholinguistics and conversation analysis in order to arrive at an understanding of the fundamental rules and principles that govern communication, mutual understanding, and the organization of conversation in social encounters. Students will learn how to conceptualize language use as a form of action that calls for joint coordination of speakers and how coordination is achieved in situated context. To join the course, sign in at AGNES.




The Role of the Current Speaker in Conversational Turn Taking –
Theoretical, Experimental, and Corpus Linguistic Perspectives on Speaker Contributions to Aligned Turn-Timing (14/15 January 2021).



Research Interests

Speech Production

Language Processing in Dialogue

Semiotics of Turn-Timing

Interactional Linguistics

Language Comprehension

Human Sociality and Language

Cognitive Effort

Semantics-Pragmatics Interface



Ad-hoc Reviewer

Cognitive Science

Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology


Discourse Processes

Frontiers in Psychology

Trends in Hearing

Journal of Phonetics

Frontiers in Communication



Member of the German Society
for Linguistics (DGfS)

Media Coverage

Volksrant Interview (in Dutch)
Mathias Barthel onderzocht hoe we converseren
see English translation here:
Radboud Recharge - How do we converse

HU Presseportal
Timing ist alles

Volkskrant science review article (in Dutch)
5 tips om beter te liusteren (5 tips for better listening)

MPI News
Mathias Barthel defends his Ph.D thesis "Speech Planning in Dialogue"



Long Term Internship and Thesis Supervisions


Freya Materne

Hannah Ida Hullmeine

Hakimeh Rezaei

Sıla Dinç

Qiang Xia

Vasilisa Pugacheva