InqBnB3: Inquisitiveness Below and Beyond the Sentence Boundary

Amsterdam Oudemanhuispoort, University of Amsterdam

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


Invited speakers



We are particularly interested in research that studies the semantics/pragmatics of questions and other inquisitive constructions, and in work investigating expressions which interact with the meaning of questions in interesting ways.

This includes (but is not limited to) contributions addressing the following topics:

  • What are the sources of inquisitiveness (connectives, quantifiers, modals, conditionals, intonation)?
  • How does inquisitive content interact with informative content in compositional semantics?
  • Why can some expressions not embed questions or appear in questions?
  • Which kinds of semantic content beyond inquisitive content are needed to capture the semantics/pragmatics of questions?
  • In which ways is pragmatics sensitive to inquisitive content and other kinds of semantic content contributed by questions?

The third InqBnB workshop takes place in the city center of Amsterdam on 26-27 June 2019, just before Nadine Theiler’s PhD defense on 28 June. The workshop is hosted by the inquisitive semantics group at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) in Amsterdam.

Workshop venue and accommodation

The workshop is held at the Oudemanhuispoort building of the University of Amsterdam (address: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Amsterdam) in room C1.23.

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


Time Speaker Details
Wednesday, June 26
9.30–10.30 Sabine Iatridou Quexistentials (joint work with Kees Hengeveld and Floris Roelofsen)
10.45–11.45 Lucas Champollion A compositional account of Japanese ka in Inquisitive Semantics (joint work with Anna Alsop)  
11.45–12.45 Hana Möller Kalpak Inquisitive Logical Triviality and Questions in Yucatec Maya
14.00–15.00 Alexandre Cremers Can I ask who won the world cup if I only missed the finals? Paving the way for a precise pragmatics of questions (joint work with Zhuoye Zhao)
15.15–16.15 Jonathan Pesetsky If Yes, If So, and Hypothetical Commitments
16.30–17.30 Veneeta Dayal The Fine Structure of the Interrogative Left Periphery
Workhop dinner
Thursday, June 27
9.30–10.30 Maribel Romero Internally Headed Relative Clauses in Japanese
10.45–11.45 Wataru Uegaki Issue-sensitive discourse particles and intonational compliance: the case of Japanese ‘ne' and ‘yo'
11.45–12.45 Jakub Dotlačil Dynamic Inquisitive Semantics (joint work with Floris Roelofsen)
14.00–15.00 Thom van Gessel Two-Dimensional Inquisitive Semantics
15.15–16.15 Morwenna Hoeks Focus alternatives in alternative questions
16.30–17.30 Donka Farkas Non-canonical questions

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).