Project on multiple wh- constructions 

Wh-words appear in various constructions within and across languages (e.g., interrogatives, headed and free relative clauses, correlatives, clefts), raising the question of how their denotation varies and relates across these constructions. This project addresses this question by focusing on the semantics of multiple wh- constructions, containing two and more wh-phrases (e.g., interrogative clauses, correlatives, modal existential constructions, free relative clauses), or closely related wh-constructions (e.g. interrogative/relative clauses involving quantifiers, constructions triggering pair-list readings and/or functional readings).

Workshop 2: Complex multiple wh– constructions

In this second meeting, we will be focusing on more complex multiple wh, involving (i) 2 and more wh-phrases or (ii) 2 wh-phrases plus a quantifier:

Dates:  November 25-26, 2019
Venue: Université de Nantes, Campus Tertre – Censive, Salle C248

Confirmed participants:
Ivano Caponigro (University of California San Diego)
Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard University)
Veneeta Dayal (Yale University)
Patrick D. Elliott (MIT)
Anamaria Fălăuș (Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes – CNRS/Nantes University)
Andreea C. Nicolae (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft)
Radek Šimík (Charles University, Prague)
Yimei Xiang (Rutgers University)

Monday, November 25 
9:45-10:00 Coffee and welcome
10:00-11:00 Ivano Caponigro & Anamaria Fălăuş: (Re)introducing multiple wh- constructions: where we were, what we did, who still needs to take care of what
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:15 Andreea C. Nicolae: A correlative analysis of multiple wh- relatives [abstract]
12:15-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 Patrick D. Elliott: Nesting habits of flightless wh-phrases [abstract]
15:00-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16:15 Veneeta Dayal: On the role of Skolem functions in modeling multiple wh- dependencies [abstract]

Tuesday, November 26 
10:00-11:00 Radek Šimík: Multiple wh- MECs and their interaction with quantifiers [abstract]
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:15 Yimei Xiang: A variable-free approach to composing questions with functional dependency [abstract]
12:15-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 Gennaro Chierchia: More crossover issues in questions [abstract]
15:00-15:30 Open general discussion
15:30-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:30 Close door discussion and future plans

Workshop 1: Multiple wh– constructions and their kin

Monday, September 17, 2018
9:15-9:45 Welcome and Introductory remarks
9:45-10:45 Ivano Caponigro & Anamaria Fălăuş: Multiple wh- free relatives and related issues [background reading Proceedings of SALT 2018 paper] [slides]
10:45-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:15 Radek Šimík: Tutorial on the syntax-semantics of modal existential constructions [background reading Sinn und Bedeutung 17 paper] [handout]
12:15-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 Adrian Braşoveanu: The semantics and processing of correlatives [slides]
15:00-16:00 Yimei Xiang: Tutorial on questions with quantifiers [handout]
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Patrick Elliott & Andreea Nicolae: Tutorial on the semantics of coordinated vs non-coordinated wh-constructions [slides]

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
10:00-11:00 Radek Šimík: The correlative nature of free relatives: Issues and prospects [background reading Sinn und Bedeutung 22 paper] [handout]
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:15 Patrick Elliott: Comparing static and dynamic approaches to intervention effects [slides]
12:15-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 Yimei Xiang: A hybrid categorial approach to question composition [background reading] [handout]
15:00-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16:15 Veneeta Dayal: Multiple wh- and wh-quantifier dependencies in correlatives and interrogatives [slides]
16:15-17:15 Discussion and project meeting

Organization: The workshops are co-organized by Anamaria Fălăuș and Ivano Caponigro and are funded by the grant “Logically speaking: language as an inferential system”, Etoiles Montantes 2017, Région des Pays de la Loire, France.