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 the second meeting of the workshop, we will be focusing on complex multiple wh– constructions, 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:
Adrian Braşoveanu (University of California Santa Cruz)
Ivano Caponigro (University of California San Diego)
Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard University)
Veneeta Dayal (Yale University)
Patrick Elliott (M.I.T.)
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)

Program: TBA

Workshop 1: Multiple wh– constructions and their kin

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

Monday, September 17
9h15-9h45 Welcome and Introductory remarks
9h45-10h45 Ivano Caponigro & Anamaria Fălăuş: Multiple wh- free relatives and related issues [background reading Proceedings of SALT 2018 paper] [slides]
10h45-11h15 Coffee break
11h15-12h15 Radek Šimík: Tutorial on the syntax-semantics of modal existential constructions [background reading Sinn und Bedeutung 17 paper] [handout]
12h15-14h Lunch break
14h-15h Adrian Braşoveanu: The semantics and processing of correlatives [slides]
15h-16h Yimei Xiang: Tutorial on questions with quantifiers [handout]
16h-16h30 Coffee break
16h30-17h30 Patrick Elliott & Andreea Nicolae: Tutorial on the semantics of coordinated vs non-coordinated wh-constructions [slides]

Tuesday, September 18
10h-11h Radek Šimík: The correlative nature of free relatives: Issues and prospects [background reading Sinn und Bedeutung 22 paper] [handout]
11h-11h15 Coffee break
11h15-12h15 Patrick Elliott: Comparing static and dynamic approaches to intervention effects [slides]
12h15-14h Lunch break
14h-15h Yimei Xiang: A hybrid categorial approach to question composition [background reading] [handout]
15h-15h15 Coffee break
15h15-16h15 Veneeta Dayal: Multiple wh- and wh-quantifier dependencies in correlatives and interrogatives [slides]
16h15-17h15 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.