Author: Jon Gajewski

Meeting on 2/28: Larson 2024

The Meaning Group will meet on Wednesday, February 28, 11:00-12:00 in Herbst 338. Yusuke Yagi will lead a discussion of the paper below.

Larson, R. 2024. Quantification, matching and events. Natural Language Semantics.


Meeting on 10/27: Teru Mizuno

We will meet on Thursday, October 27 at 1pm in Bousfield A101-A.

Teru Mizuno will present some ongoing dissertation research.  See title, abstract and suggested background reading below.


Title: Composing counterfactual desire reports

Abstract: Counterfactual desire reports, expressed for instance by English ‘wish‘, describe one’s desires whose attainment is deemed unlikely or impossible at the actual world. Building on cross-linguistic comparison across languages, especially, English, Greek, Spanish, Slovenian and Japanese, I propose a novel, fine-grained compositional account of counterfactual desire reports.

Suggested reading:

von Fintel and Iatridou (2022) ‘Prolegomena to a theory of X-marking’ (

Meeting on 10/6: Muyi Yang

On October 6th at 1pm in Bousfield A101-A, Muyi Yang will present a part of her ongoing dissertation research:

Conditional questions as definite descriptions
Abstract: Although conditional questions like “If we throw a party next week, who should we invite?” have been studied in the literature of formal semantics (Isaacs & Rawlins 2008), conditional questions about elements inside the antecedents that are allowed in many wh-in-situ languages have remained largely unnoticed. This paper discusses a phenomenon in Japanese (and Korean) that some conditional markers block wh-questions about elements inside conditional antecedents. I adopt the recent analysis of conditionals as definite descriptions (Schlenker 2004 a.o.), and argue that this blocking effect of wh-elements inside conditional antecedents is an analogue of the ban on wh-extraction out of anaphoric definites discussed by Simonenko (2015).