It is assumed that students are familiar with dynamic semantics, though not necessarily with dynamic approaches to questions. It is helpful to be familiar with compositional dynamic systems, in particular, Muskens (1996), but we will go through the most important concepts in this area. Similarly, familiarity with static inquisitive semantics is helpful, even though here as well, we will try to cover the most important concepts during the course.
Useful material and background reading
Introduction to inquisitive semantics
- Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen. Inquisitive semantics. Oxford University Press, 2019. Available here.
Compositional dynamic semantics
- Brasoveanu, A. (2008). Donkey pluralities: plural information states versus non-atomic individuals. Linguistics and Philosophy, 31(2), 129–209.
- Muskens, R. (1996). Combining Montague semantics and discourse representation. Linguistics and Philosophy, 19(2), 143–186.
Dynamic semantics of questions, non-inquisitive
- Groenendijk, J. (1998). Questions in update semantics. In J. Hulstijn and A. Nijholt, editors, Formal semantics and pragmatics of dialogue (Twendial ’98), pages 125–137.
- Haida, A. (2007). The Indefiniteness and focusing of wh-words. Ph.D. thesis, Humboldt University, Berlin.
- van Rooij, R. (1998). Modal subordination in questions. In Proceedings of Twendial, pages 237–248.
Dynamic inquisitive semantics
- Dotlačil, J. and Roelofsen, F. (2019). Dynamic inquisitive semantics: Anaphora and questions. In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 23, pages 365–382.
- Dotlačil, J. and Roelofsen, F. (2021). A dynamic semantics of single wh and multiple wh questions. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 30, pages 376–395.