Dr Magdalena Sztencel

BA (Krakow), MA (Krakow), PhD (Newcastle University), FHEA


I am a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics. Prior to joining the team at York St John University, I worked at Newcastle University and at Northumbria University.

My main research so far has focused on the current debate about the semantics-pragmatics distinction, with special reference to conditional sentences and reasoning. I have been interested in integrating linguistic and philosophical perspectives as well as data from psychology and psycholinguistics to further an understanding of common-ground effects on the interpretation of conditionals. I am the author of Semantics, Pragmatics and Meaning Revisited: The Case of Conditionals and related papers listed in the Research and Publications section below. I am also interested in cognitive approaches to Critical Discourse Analysis.

With other colleagues at York St John University, I have been involved in a pedagogical project which investigates making linguistics and languages provision more accessible to visually impaired students. You can find out more about the ALVIS (Accessible Linguistics for Visually Impaired Students) workshop organised as part of this project.  


Further Information


  • Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Grammar
  • Phonetics
  • Language at Work
  • Logic in Linguistics (Independent Learning Unit)
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Reflections & Connections
  • Dissertations
  • Syntax: Theory and Application (MA)

Professional Activities

Acted as a reviewer for:

  • Journal of Linguistics
  • Folia Linguistica
  • Intercultural Pragmatics (Thematic Issue: Philosophy and Pragmatics )
  • Routledge
  • Edinburgh University Press


Member of:

  • The Linguistics Association of Great Britain
  • UK Cognitive Linguistics Association
  • The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association
  • The Societas Linguistica Europaea

Research & Publications



  • Sztencel, M. (2012). Do we need specifically linguistic semantics? Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics 18, 73-92.
  • Sztencel, M. (2011). Against referential semantics. In P. Frath et al. (eds.), Res-per-nomen III : La référence, la conscience et le sujet énonciateur. Reims: Épure, 485-498.
  • Sztencel, M. (2011). From words to concepts. Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny LVIII (3), 375-394.
  • Sztencel, M. (2010). Chomskian perfection meets Polish yers. Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics 16, 184-205.
  • Sztencel, M. (2009). Boundaries crossed: the influence of English on Modern Polish. E-pisteme [Online] 2 (1), 3-17.
  • Magiera, M. (2004). Niektóre znaczenia should [Some meanings of should]. Zeszyty Naukowe Akademii Polonijnej w Częstochowie 4, 116-131. 


  • Logic meets social cognition in conditional promises and threats. Chair of English Research Seminar, Pedagogical University of Krakow, 21 December 2017 (Invited talk)
  • ‘If’ in the armchair, ‘if’ in the lab, ‘if’ in the wild: methods of investigating word meaning. Languages and Linguistics Colloquium Series, York St John University, December 2015. (Invited talk)
  • Broken promises and unfair punishments: their significance for the theories of meaning. ShefLing Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics, University of Sheffield, 5-6 March 2015 (Plenary address).
  • Syntax and semantics in the Representational Hypothesis. Northumbria Linguistics Seminar Series, 12 December 2011 (Invited talk, joint with Andrew Feeney).


  • Teaching phonetics to visually impaired students. ALVIS (Accessible Linguistics to Visually Impaired Students) international workshop, York St John University, 30 June – 1 July 2017
  • Breaking the terms of conditional promises and threats. 6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Bangor University, 19-22 July 2016.
  • Conditionals in an individual mind: a view from the multiple-trace theory of memory. 5th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Lancaster University, 29-31 July 2014.
  • Reconciling truth-based inference with subjective inference?: a view from a multiple-trace theory of memory. Empirical Methods of Linguistics in Philosophy, TU Dortmund University, Germany, 13-14 March 2014.
  • Do we need specifically linguistic semantics?. 4th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Kings College London, 10-12 July 2012.
  • On conventional association of sound and ‘meaning’. 4th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Kings College London, 10-12 July 2012 (joint with Andrew Feeney).
  • Against referential semantics. Res per Nomen 3: International Conference on Reference, Consciousness and the Speaking Subject, University of Reims, France, 26-28 May 2011.
  • Words, concepts and the nature of semantics. PhiLang2011: Second International Conference on Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, University of Lodz, Poland, 12-14 May 2011.
  • Yers in Polish – a representational voice in the debate. 4th Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Newcastle University, 27 March 2009.
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