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).


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)


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)


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)


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 (slides)


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)



16.00 - 17.30 Hannes Leitgeb (invited, joint session with Logic of Conceivability seminar)

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.

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

Jakub Dotlačil (contact:, Floris Roelofsen

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

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).