Multiple wh- constructions and their kin

The Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes (LLING UMR 6310 CNRS/Université de Nantes) is pleased to announce the workshop “Multiple wh- constructions and their kin”, to be held in Nantes, on September 17-18, 2018.

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 workshop 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).

Confirmed participants:
Adrian Braşoveanu (University of California Santa Cruz)
Ivano Caponigro (University of California San Diego)
Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers University)
Patrick Elliott (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft)
Anamaria Fălăuș (Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes – CNRS/Univ. Nantes)
Andreea Nicolae (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft)
Radek Šimík (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Yimei Xiang (Harvard University)

Dates: September 17-18, 2018
Venue: Université de Nantes, Campus Tertre – Censive, Salle C248

Program: The workshop will include the following tutorials and research talks (in alphabetical order):

1. Adrian Braşoveanu: Issues in the semantics and processing of single and multiple wh-correlatives
2. Ivano Caponigro & Anamaria Fălăuş: Multiple wh- free relatives and related issues
3. Veneeta Dayal: Multiple wh- and wh-quantifier dependencies in Correlatives and Interrogatives
4. Patrick Elliott: Comparing static and dynamic approaches to intervention effects
5. Patrick Elliott & Andreea Nicolae: Tutorial on the semantics of coordinated vs non-coordinated wh-constructions
6. Radek Šimík: Tutorial on the syntax-semantics of modal existential constructions
7. Radek Šimík: The correlative nature of free relatives: Issues and prospects
8. Yimei Xiang: A tutorial on questions with quantifiers
9. Yimei Xiang: Wh-words quantify over polymorphic sets

Registration: Everyone is welcome to attend, but for practical reasons, if you plan to come, please send an e-mail to anamaria.falaus(at)

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