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Maria Zajaczkowska

Postgraduate Researcher

Maria Zajaczkowska


Research interests

Maria's main research interest lies in pragmatic language development, with a particular focus on non-literal language comprehension in school-aged children. She is currently examining the relationship between irony interpretation and other cognitive skills, such as theory-of-mind, executive functions, structural language and non-verbal reasoning.

Thesis title

Ironic versus non-ironic relevance inferencing: a comparison of typical children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder



School of Psychology Studentship

Publications and conference presentations

Conference presentations

  • 2nd Lancaster International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development August 2017 "'Why does mummy say such things?'- Irony comprehension and theory of mind in four-year-olds"; Maria Zajaczkowska and Natalia Banasik


Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Zaj?czkowska, M. (2017). Influence of Voice Intonation on Understanding Irony by Polish-Speaking Preschool Children. Psychology of Language and Communication, 20. doi:10.1515/plc-2016-0017
Conference or workshop item
Zajaczkowska, M., Abbot-Smith, K., & Kim, C. (2019). When children use shared knowledge to interpret irony. In Child Language Symposium. Sheffield, UK. Retrieved from
Zajaczkowska, M., & Abbot-Smith, K. (2019). Cognitive flexibility helps children understand ironic intent. In Child Language Symposium. Sheffield, UK.
Zaj?czkowska, M., Abbot-Smith, K., & Williams, D. (2018). Cognitive underpinnings of irony understanding in children. In 10th Dubrovnik conference on cognitive science: communication, pragmatics and Theory of Mind.. Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Zajaczkowska, M., Abbot-Smith, K., & Williams, D. (2018). Cognitive underpinnings of irony understanding in children. In Social Communication Across the Lifespan. Canterbury, Kent. Retrieved from
Total publications in KAR: 5 [See all in KAR]


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