Amsterdam Colloquium 2015


The programme & schedule of the 2015 Amsterdam Colloquium is available for download as a PDF. Below is the list of accepted abstracts.

General programme

  • James Trafford: An Interactive Approach to Proof-Theoretic Semantics
  • Keren Khrizman, Fred Landman, Suzi Lima, Susan Rothstein and Brigitta R. Schvarcz: Portion readings are count readings, not measure readings.
  • Malte Willer: Simplifying Counterfactuals
  • Suki Finn: Quantification and Existence in Natural and Formal Languages.
  • Craige Roberts: Conditional plans and imperatives: A semantics and pragmatics for imperative mood
  • Tillmann Pross: On reporting attitudes: an analysis of desire reports and their reading-establishing scenarios
  • Pablo Cobreros: Divine foreknowledge, time and tense
  • Chung‐chieh Shan: Splitting hairs
  • Rohan French: Prover-Skeptic Games and Logical Pluralism
  • Patrick Munoz: His name is 'Socrates' because that's what he's called: a model-theoretic account of name-bearing
  • Clemens Mayr and Uli Sauerland: Accommodation and the Strongest Meaning Hypothesis
  • Daniel Tiskin: Locating Hidden Quantifiers in De Re Reports
  • Fabienne Martin: The imperfective in subjunctive conditionals: fake or real aspect?
  • Yimei Xiang: Mention-some readings of questions: Complexities from number marking
  • Paul Egre, Paul Marty and Bryan Renne: Knowledge, Justification and Reason-Based Belief
  • Matthew Mandelkern, Ginger Schultheis and David Boylan: I Believe I Can Phi
  • Jos Tellings: On the focus-sensitivity of counterfactuality
  • Shane Steinert-Threlkeld, Gert-Jan Munneke and Jakub Szymanik: Alternative Representations in Formal Semantics: A case study of quantifiers.
  • Yurie Hara: Alternatives in Cantonese: Disjunctions, Questions and (Un)conditionals
  • Manuel Križ: Homogeneity, Trivalence, and Embedded Questions
  • Jérémy Zehr, Cory Bill, Lyn Tieu, Jacopo Romoli and Florian Schwarz: Experimental evidence for existential presupposition projection from none
  • Yael Greenberg: Even, Comparative likelihood and Gradability
  • Linmin Zhang and Jia Ling: Comparatives revisited: Downward-entailing differentials do not threaten encapsulation theories
  • Yvonne Viesel: Discourse Structure and Syntactic Embedding: The German Discourse Particle 'ja'
  • Philippe Schlenker, Emmanuel Chemla, Cristiane Cäsar, Robin Ryder and Klaus Zuberbühler: Titi Semantics: Context and Meaning in Titi Monkey Call Sequences
  • Agata Renans: Three types of indefinites: evidence from Ga (Kwa)
  • Sven Lauer: Performative uses and the temporal interpretation of modals
  • Timothy Grinsell: An argument for vagueness with holes
  • Anna Marlijn Meijer, Berry Claus, Sophie Repp and Manfred Krifka: Particle responses to negated assertions: Preference patterns for German 'ja' and 'nein'
  • Fabrizio Cariani and Paolo Santorio: Selection function semantics for "will"
  • Dominique Blok: Scope interactions between modals and 'at most'
  • David Beaver and Elizabeth Coppock: Novelty and Familiarity for Free
  • Bert Le Bruyn and Xiaoli Dong: The semantics of definiteness
  • Shih-Yueh Lin: An Inquisitive Semantics Analysis for Chinese Polar Question Particle
  • Andrea Beltrama: Totally tall sounds totally younger. From meaning composition to social perception.
  • Aron Hirsch and Michael Wagner: Right node raising, scope, and plurality
  • Lucas Champollion: Linking the collective-distributive opposition and the telic-atelic opposition
  • Jonathan Ginzburg, Ellen Breitholtz, Robin Cooper, Julian Hough and Ye Tian: Understanding Laughter
  • Zsofia Gyarmathy: Culminations and presuppositions
  • Jon Stevens: The role of preferred outcomes in determining implicit questioning strategies


Workshop "Negation: logical, linguistic and philosophical perspectives"


  • Hedde Zeijlstra: NEG-raising does not involve syntactic reconstruction
  • Tim Fernando: Negation and events as truthmakers
  • Emar Maier and Corien Bary: Three puzzles about negation in non-canonical speech reports

Workshop "Reasoning in natural language: symbolic and sub-symbolic approaches"

  • Till Poppels and Roger Levy: Resolving Quantity and Informativeness Implicature in Indefinite Reference
  • Lasha Abzianidze: A Pure Logic-Based Approach to Natural Reasoning
  • Fangzhou Zhai, Jakub Szymanik and Ivan Titov: Toward a Probabilistic Mental Logic for the Syllogistic Fragment of Natural Language


Alternate Workshop "Reasoning in natural language: symbolic and sub-symbolic approaches"

  • Adam Przepiórkowski, Jakub Kozakoszczak, Jan Winkowski, Daniel Ziembicki and Tadeusz Teleżyński: Towards a taxonomy of textual entailments


Satellite workshops on questions in pragmatics, logic and semantics

Directly preceding the Amsterdam Colloquium there will be two satellite workshops, one on questions in logic and semantics and one on questions in pragmatics.