Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

Structure of the Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

Agata Kochańska

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: room 237
Phone: +48 (22) 5531416
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Degrees and titles:

  • M.A., University of Warsaw, 1993
  • Ph.D., University of Warsaw, 2002

Research interests:

  • cognitive linguistics
  • cognitive grammar
  • cognitive approach to speech acts
  • cognitive theory of polysemy
  •  usage-based model of language
  • cognitive research into first language acquisition
  • blending theory
  • the semantics of Polish verbal aspect and other grammatical constructions
  • the interplay between the grammatical make-up of directive utterances in Polish and their interactive and interpersonal effects
  • languages: Polish, English

Selected publications:


  • Divjak, D., & Kochańska, A. (Eds.). (2007). Cognitive paths into the Slavic domain. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.


  • Kochańska, A. (1996). Temporal meanings of spatial prepositions in Polish: The case of Przez and W”. In M. Pütz & R. Dirven (Eds.), The construal of space in language and thought. (pp. 491-508). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Kochańska, A. (2000). Verbal Aspect and Construal. In A. Foolen & F. van der Leek (Eds.), Constructions in cognitive linguistics (pp. 141-166). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Kochańska, A. (2002). A cognitive grammar analysis of Polish non-past perfectives and imperfectives: How virtual events differ from actual ones. In F. Brisard (Ed.), Grounding. The epistemic footing of deixis and reference (pp. 349-390). Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Kochańska, A. (2004). How perfect can an imperfective be? A cognitive grammar contrastive analysis of the Polish past imperfective and the English present perfect”. In B.  Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk & A. Kwiatkowska (Eds.), Imagery in language. Festschrift in honour of professor Ronald W. Langacker (pp. 269-278). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
  • Kochańska, A. (2007). Conflicting epistemic meanings of the Polish aspectual variants in past and in future uses: Are they a vagary of grammar?” In  D. Divjak & A. Kochańska (Eds.), Cognitive paths into the Slavic domain. (pp. 149-180). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Divjak, D., Janda, L. A., & Kochańska, A. (2007). Why cognitive linguists should care about Slavic languages and vice versa. In D. Divjak & A. Kochańska (Eds.), Cognitive Paths into the Slavic domain (pp. 1-18). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.