InqBnB1: Inquisitiveness Below and Beyond the Sentence Boundary

Amsterdam Broekerhuis (Leeteinde 16, 1151 AK, Broek in Waterland)

The InqBnB workshop series brings together researchers working on inquisitive semantics and closely related topics.


Invited speakers

Justin Bledin Johns Hopkins


Cleo Condoravdi Stanford

Liz Coppock Gothenburg


Regine Eckardt Konstanz

Donka Farkas Santa Cruz


Gisela Grohne Konstanz


Peter Hawke Amsterdam


Kyle Rawlins Johns Hopkins


Paolo Santorio Leeds


Yasutada Sudo London



Below the sentence boundary:

  • Which operators (connectives, quantifiers, modals, conditionals) generate inquisitiveness?
  • How do these operators project the inquisitive content of their arguments?
  • How does inquisitive content interact with informative content in compositional semantics?

Beyond the sentence boundary:

  • How do conventions of use interact with inquisitive content?
  • In which ways is pragmatics sensitive to inquisitive content?
  • What kind of discourse anaphora are licensed by inquisitive expressions?

The workshop is hosted by the inquisitive semantics group at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) in Amsterdam.

Scientific programme

The first four days of the workshop there will be talks by invited speakers as well as local participants. Each talk will be followed by comments from another workshop participants. Invited speakers will generally comment on talks by local speakers, and vice versa. Click on the image below to see the scientific programme in detail (this is a preliminary version, changes may still be made).

Social programme

Both on Monday and on Wednesday there will be dinner for all workshop participants at the Broekerhuis (the workshop venue).

On Friday, the last day of the workshop, there will be a boat trip through the countryside, with a high tea in a scenic tea house. The boats leave at 9.30 from Logement Waterland (click to see map) and we’ll be back around 15.00.

Map of workshop venue and accommodations

Getting there

From Schiphol Airport, first take a train to Amsterdam Central Station (CS). Due to planned maintenance there will be fewer trains than usual, but still this should take less than 30 minutes.

From CS take bus 312, 314, 315, or 316, which leave behind the station (the river side). These busses leave very frequently and the trip takes about 15 minutes.

Get off at “Broek in Waterland, Dorp” (except for Cleo, she gets of at “Broek in Waterland, Kruisweg”). You have to push a red button in the bus to make sure the driver stops at the next stop.

From the bus stop, all accommodations are within walking distance. For more precise directions and schedules, follow this link and adjust your departure time.

Public transportation tickets

There is a ticket system for all public transportation (including both trains and buses) in the Netherlands called OV-chipkaart. It costs €7,50 plus whatever you want to put on it. The trip from Schiphol costs about €7, and when you want to visit Amsterdam during the week it costs about €3 each way.


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Time Speaker Topic Commentator
Day 1: Modals
9.30–11.00 Malte Willer Free choice failures Jeroen Groenendijk
11.00–12.30 Maria Aloni Epistemic and deontic modals in state-based semantics Peter Hawke
12.30–14.00 Lunch
14.00–15.30 Peter Hawke How to be an expressivist about epistemic modals Thom van Gessel
15.30–17.00 Floris Roelofsen Inquisitive semantics and live possibilities (afterthought) Malte Willer
17.00–20.00 Drinks and dinner
Day 2: Questions
9.30–11.00 Donka Farkas Inquisitive semantics and conventions of use Regine Eckardt
11.00–12.30 Gisela Grohne Aspect and embedded questions Alexandre Cremers
12.30–14.00 Lunch
14.00–15.30 Nadine Theiler & Alexandre Cremers Predicting the distribution of exhaustive readings for know
Gisela Grohne
15.30–17.00 Regine Eckardt Engaging questions: wohl in German V-end questions Kyle Rawlins
Day 3: Quantifiers and dynamics
9.00–10.30 Liz Coppock &
Alexandre Cremers
Modified numerals Yasutada Sudo
10.30–12.00 Thom van Gessel Questions and quantifiers Cleo Condoravdi
12.00–13.00 Lunch
13.00–14.30 Kyle Rawlins Unary 'or' Nadine Theiler
14.45–16.15 Jakub Dotlacil Questions in inquisitive dynamic semantics Paolo Santorio
16.30–18.00 Yasutada Sudo Presupposition and redundancy Jakub Dotlacil
18.00–20.00 Dinner
Day 4: Conditionals
9.30–11.00 Paolo Santorio Conditional information Maria Aloni
11.00–12.30 Ivano Ciardelli Two switches in the theory of counterfactuals Justin Bledin
12.30–14.00 Lunch
14.00–15.30 Justin Bledin What ifs Ivano Ciardelli
15.30–17.00 Cleo Condoravdi Imperatives and strength of endorsement Donka Farkas
Day 5: Discussion
9.30–15.00 Boat trip with lunch

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, VIDI Grant) and the European Research Council (ERC, Starting Grant SH:680220).