InqBnB 2
Inquisitiveness Below and Beyond the Sentence Boundary
Amsterdam, 18-19 December 2017

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.

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 ColloquiumIt is hosted by the inquisitive semantics group at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC).

- Abstract submission deadline: October 1, 2017
- Notification: October 20, 2017
- Workshop: December 18-19, 2017

University of Amsterdam

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

Jakub Dotlačil (contact:, Floris Roelofsen

Invited speakers
Scott AnderBois (Brown)
Lucas Champollion (NYU)
Ivano Ciardelli (Munich)
Sven Lauer (Konstanz)
Maribel Romero (Konstanz)
Wataru Uegaki (Leiden)

Abstract submission (deadline October 1st, 2017)
We invite contributions related to the topic of the workshop. Presentations will be 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for discussion.

Abstract submission is handled via EasyChair. Go to:

Authors can submit at most one abstract as single author, and at most two abstracts in total. The abstract must be at most two pages long, with 1 inch margins and 11pt font. The workshop is independent of the Amsterdam Colloquium and thus, it is possible to submit the same abstract to this workshop and the colloquium.

Note: When you submit your abstract, you will be asked to provide a short summary of at most 200 words in the EasyChair submission form. The field for entering this summary is labeled "abstract" in EasyChair. This is not to be confused with the full two-page abstract, which needs to be provided separately as a PDF. In the "abstract" field you can just enter the word "abstract".

Preliminary schedule

December 18 (Monday):

9.30 - 10.30 Sven Lauer (invited)

10.45 - 11.30 Ciyang Qing: Unifying three Mandarin dou constructions

11.30 - 12.30 Wataru Uegaki (invited)


13.30 - 14.30 Ivano Ciardelli (invited)

14.45 - 15.30 Tamara Dobler: An inquisitive approach to occasion-sensitivity
15.30 - 16.00 short (10 min) talks:
Justin Bledin: Fatalism and the Logic of Unconditionals
Kyle Blumberg: Ignorance Implicatures and Non-doxastic Attitude Verbs
Malte Willer: Widening Free Choice

16.15 - 17.15 Lucas Champollion (invited)

December 19 (Tuesday):

9.00 - 10.00 Maribel Romero (invited)

10.15 - 11.00 Tom Roberts: Relating form and meaning in negative polar questions
11.00 - 12.00 Scott AnderBois (invited)


13.00 - 13.45 Alda Mari: Believing and asserting: evidence from mood shift
13.45 - 14.30 Yurie Hara: Conditional Questions Revisited

14.45 - 15.30 Matthijs Westera: On the possible pragmatic origins of inquisitiveness

Map of workshop venue and accommodations

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).