InqBnB2: Inquisitiveness Below and Beyond the Sentence Boundary

Amsterdam University library (Singel 425), University of Amsterdam

The InqBnB workshop series brings together researchers working on inquisitive semantics and closely related topics. We are particularly interested in research that studies how inquisitiveness is generated, how it projects in sentence meaning composition, how it interacts with other aspects of meaning, and what role it plays in discourse.


Invited speakers
Programme committee

Members of the inquisitive semantics group at the ILLC, plus the invited speakers.



Relevant questions include (though are not limited to) the following:

  • 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?
  • 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 second InqBnB workshop will take place in Amsterdam on 18-19 December 2017, just before the Amsterdam Colloquium. It is hosted by the inquisitive semantics group at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC).

Workshop venue and accommodation

The workshop is held at the central Library of the University of Amsterdam (address: Singel 425, Amsterdam). Descriptions to get there can be found here.

Invited speakers stay at Hotel Le Coin. This is located at Nieuwe Doelenstraat 5, Amsterdam.


Time Speaker Details
Monday, December 18
Belle van Zuylenzaal, Singel 425, Amsterdam
9.30–10.30 Sven Lauer The functional heterogeneity of interrogatives: An 'optimistic' approach (joint work with Sunwoo Jeong) (slides)
Coffee break
10.45–11.30 Ciyang Qing Unifying three Mandarin dou constructions
11.30–12.30 Wataru Uegaki Two sources of presuppositions in question-embedding (slides)
13.30–14.30 Ivano Ciardelli Hurford’s constraint, the semantics of disjunction, and the nature of alternatives (slides)
Coffee break
14.45–15.30 Tamara Dobler An inquisitive approach to occasion-sensitivity (slides)
15.30–16.00 Three short talks (10 min), full version at the Amsterdam Colloquium:
Justin Bledin Fatalism and the Logic of Unconditionals (slides)
Kyle Blumberg Ignorance Implicatures and Non-doxastic Attitude Verbs (slides)
Malte Willer Widening Free Choice (slides)
Coffee break
16.15–17.15 Lucas Champollion On questions and presuppositions in typed inquisitive semantics (joint work with Ivano Ciardelli and Floris Roelofsen) (slides)
18:00 Workshop dinner at Los Pilones (Address: Kerkstraat 59/63, walking distance from the workshop venue)
Tuesday December 19
Potgieterzaal, Singel 425, Amsterdam
9.00–10.00 Maribel Romero Maribel Romero (slides)
Coffee break
10.15–11.00 Yurie Hara and Katsuhiko Sano Conditional Questions Revisited (slides)
11.00–12.00 Scott AnderBois Non-deterministic QUD downdating: evidence from Tagalog naman (slides)
13.00–13.45 Alda Mari Believing and asserting: evidence from mood shift (slides)
13.45–14.30 Tom Roberts Relating form and meaning in negative polar questions (slides)
Coffee break
14.45–15.30 Matthijs Westera On the possible pragmatic origins of inquisitiveness (slides)
Coffee break
16.00–17.30 Hannes Leitgeb (invited, joint session with Logic of Conceivability seminar)

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).