The Inquisitive Turn: Closing event

Amsterdam Amsterdam Business School, Plantage Muidergracht 112 (map); rooms 0.02 (workshop 1) and 1.03 (workshop 2)

The aim of the Inquisitive Turn project (2010-2015) has been to develop a new perspective on meaning in semantics, logic, and pragmatics, which places informative and inquisitive content on equal footing.

The closing event of the project will consist of two workshops. The event will be directly followed by the Amsterdam Colloquium (December 16-18).



Daniel Büring Vienna


David Beaver Austin

Liz Coppock Gothenburg/Uppsala


Bart Geurts Nijmegen


Daniel Goodhue McGill

Andreas Haida Jerusalem

Edgar Onea Göttingen


Craige Roberts Ohio


Jennifer Spenader Groningen


Maria Aloni Amsterdam


Hans van Ditmarsch Nancy


Hannes Leitgeb Munich

Wataru Uegaki Paris/Tokyo


Yanjing Wang Beijing


Yimei Xiang Harvard


The project has been carried out by Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, Floris Roelofsen, and Matthijs Westera at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) in Amsterdam, and has been funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

In 2016 there will be a number of vacancies for PhD students and Postdocs in the inquisitive semantics group in Amsterdam. More information about the projects can be found here.


Workshop 1: Questions in pragmatics

Monday 14th of December, 2015

Questions constitute a central topic in the fields of pragmatics and semantics -- as do closely related phenomena such as intonational meaning, information structure and exhaustivity implicatures. What do these phenomena teach us about pragmatics, for instance about its relation to semantics? And, conversely, what does a critical evaluation of the foundations of pragmatics teach us about these phenomena?

PDF programme with abstracts

Time Speaker Topic
9.00 Introduction
9.10 Daniel Büring Are Questions Under Discussion Given?
9.55 Jennifer Spenader Implicit causality and inquisivity
10.40 Coffee break
11.00 Bart Geurts Conventions, precedents and speech acts
11.50 David Beaver & Edgar Onea Cleftomania
12.40 Lunch break
14.10 Daniel Goodhue Epistemic bias in English yes-no questions
14.55 Liz Coppock Interrogative flip
15.40 Coffee break
16.00 Andreas Haida On the free-choice entailments of modalized wh-questions
16.45 Craige Roberts Assessing epistemic modal assertions
17.30 Closing remarks

Workshop 2: Questions in logic and semantics

Tuesday 15th of December, 2015

PDF programme with abstracts

Time Speaker Topic
9.00 Introduction
9.10 Yanjing Wang Beyond “knowing that”: non-standard epistemic logics
9.50 Hans van Ditmarsch Public announcement games and question-answer games
10.30 Coffee break
10.50 Hannes Leitgeb A hyperintensional logic for the causal ‘Because’?
11.30 Fan Yang Propositional dependence logic
12.10 Vít Punčochař Algebras of information states
12.50 Lunch break
14.30 Maria Aloni Hidden questions
15.10 Lucas Champollion Some questions in typed inquisitive semantics
15.50 Nadine Theiler Too much information! How false answers matter for the interpretation of embeddedquestions
16.30 Coffee break
16.50 Wataru Uegaki Predicting the exhaustivity of embedded questions under factive predicates
17.30 Yimei Xiang Deriving disjunctive mention-all answers

This workshop is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), as part of the project The Inquisitive Turn.