Work

A full list of my publications is in my CV.

Subjunctive conditionals.

2012. In Gillian Russell & Delia Graff Fara (eds.), The Routledge companion to philosophy of language, 466–477. New York: Routledge.

Imperative puzzles.

2012. Linguistics Colloquium. University of Massachusetts Amherst. March 9, 2012. (joint work with Sabine Iatridou).

The best we can (expect to) get? Challenges to the classic semantics for deontic modals

2012. Paper presented in a session on Deontic Modals at the Central APA, February 17, 2012.

Conditionals.

2011. In Klaus von Heusinger, Claudia Maienborn, and Paul Portner (eds.), Semantics: An international handbook of meaning, 1515–1538. DeGruyter.
[Link to published version. Email me for a pdf. Postprint linked above.]
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110255072.1515 (doi not functioning so far).

‘Might’ made right. (with Anthony S. Gillies)

2011. In Andy Egan & Brian Weatherson (eds.), Epistemic modality, 108–130. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Deontic logic and natural language. (with Anthony S. Gillies)

2011. Special session on “Logic and Linguistics” organized by the Association for Symbolic Logic during the 85th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division. San Diego, CA. Apr. 21, 2011.

Comments on Lennertz: “Epistemic modal belief reports are a problem for von Fintel and Gillies”. (with Anthony S. Gillies)

2011. Invited commentary at the 85th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division. San Diego, CA. Apr. 20, 2011.

Intensional semantics. (with Irene Heim)

2011 [updated annually]. Lecture notes for “Advanced Semantics”.

‘Must’ … stay … strong! (with Anthony S. Gillies)

2010. Natural Language Semantics 18(4). 351–383.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11050-010-9058-2.

Hedging your ‘ifs’ and vice versa. (with Anthony S. Gillies)

2010. Invited talk at Sixth International Symposium for Cognition, Logic and Communication (“Formal Semantics and Pragmatics: Discourse, Context, and Models”). University of Latvia, Riga. Nov. 20, 2010.

Subjective meanings.

2010. Informal presentation to MIT Burchard Society (undergraduate honors society for students passionate about humanities, arts, and social sciences). MIT. Mar. 11, 2010.

The subjectivity of conditionals in a new light.

2010. Keynote presentation at a workshop on subjective meaning at the German Linguistics Society (DGfS) Annual Meeting. Humboldt Universität, Berlin. Feb. 24, 2010. (joint work with Thony Gillies).

On Schlenker’s donkeys.

2009. Invited commentary at Special Session on Pronouns at NELS. MIT. Nov. 15, 2009.

Morphology, syntax, and semantics of modals. (with Sabine Iatridou)

2009. Materials for LSA Institute class, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Conditional strengthening, again.

2009. Invited talk at XPrag 2009: Experimental Pragmatics (Pragmatics and Psycholinguistics). Lyon, France. Apr. 24, 2009.

What is presupposition accommodation, again?

2008. Philosophical Perspectives 22(1). 137–170.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1520-8583.2008.00144.x.

CIA leaks. (with Anthony S. Gillies)

2008. The Philosophical Review 117(1). 77–98.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/00318108-2007-025.

How to say ‘ought’ in Foreign: the composition of weak necessity modals. (with Sabine Iatridou)

2008. In Jacqueline Guéron & Jacqueline Lecarme (eds.), Time and modality (Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 75), 115–141. Springer.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8354-9.

Universals in semantics. (with Lisa Matthewson)

2008. The Linguistic Review 25(1-2). 139–201.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/TLIR.2008.004.

An opinionated guide to epistemic modality. (with Anthony S. Gillies)

2007. In Tamar Szabó Gendler & John Hawthorne (eds.), Oxford studies in epistemology, vol. 2, 32–62. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Anatomy of a modal construction. (with Sabine Iatridou)

2007. Linguistic Inquiry 38(3). 445–483.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/ling.2007.38.3.445.

Deontic logic and natural language semantics.

2007. Invited Talk at RUC-ILLC Workshop on Deontic Logic. Roskilde, Denmark. Nov. 8, 2007.

‘If’: the biggest little word.

2007. Plenary address at the Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT). Washington, DC. Mar. 8, 2007.

Modality and language.

2006. In Donald M. Borchert (ed.), Encyclopedia of philosophy – second edition. Detroit: MacMillan Reference USA.

What to do if you want to go to Harlem: notes on anankastic conditionals and related matters.

2006. Linguistics Colloquium. University of Tübingen. July 11, 2006. (joint work with Sabine Iatridou).

Ordinary conditionals.

2006. Invited talk at University of Connecticut Conditionals Conference 2006, “What ‘if’?: Perspectives on the Conditional”. University of Connectictut. Apr. 8, 2006.

How to count situations (notes towards a user’s manual).

2005/1997. ms, MIT.

Anatomy of a modal. (with Sabine Iatridou)

2005. In Jon Gajewski, Valentine Hacquard, Bernard Nickel & Seth Yalcin (eds.), New work on modality (MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 52). Department of Linguistics & Philosophy, MIT.

Since Since. (with Sabine Iatridou)

2005. Unpublished manuscript, MIT.

What to do if you want to go to Harlem: anankastic conditionals and related matters. (with Sabine Iatridou)

2005. Unpublished manuscript, MIT.

Comments on Kaufmann.

2005. Contribution to the 4th Michigan Workshop on Philosophy and Linguistics, comments on Stefan Kaufmann’s paper “Local and Global Interpretations of Conditionals”. University of Michigan. Oct. 29, 2005.

What to do if you want to go to Harlem: notes on anankastic conditionals and related matters.

2005. Invited talk at the Rutgers Semantics Workshop. Rutgers University. Sept. 17, 2005. (joint work with Sabine Iatridou).

Postscript to “Whatever”: comments on Condoravdi.

2005. Talk at LSA Workshop on “Context and Content: Topics in Formal Pragmatics”. Cambridge, MA. July 15, 2005.

Tense in conditionals.

2005. Invited lecture in seminar on tense, taught by Dorit Abusch and Zoltan Szabo. Cornell University. Apr. 25, 2005.

A minimal theory of adverbial quantification.

2004 [written in 1995]. In Hans Kamp & Barbara Partee (eds.), Context-dependence in the analysis of linguistic meaning (Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface), 137–175. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Comments on Beaver: presupposition accommodation and quantifier domains.

2004 [written in 1995]. In Hans Kamp & Barbara Partee (eds.), Context-dependence in the analysis of linguistic meaning (Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface), 405–410. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Comments on Reinhart: the syntactic roots of discourse cohesion.

2004 [written in 1995]. In Hans Kamp & Barbara Partee (eds.), Context-dependence in the analysis of linguistic meaning (Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface), 411–418. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Minimal replies to Dekker, Hajičová & Sgall, Berman, and DeSwart.

2004 [written in 1995]. In Hans Kamp & Barbara Partee (eds.), Context-dependence in the analysis of linguistic meaning (Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface), 541–547. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Would you believe it? The king of France is back! Presuppositions and truth-value intuitions.

2004. In Marga Reimer & Anne Bezuidenhout (eds.), Descriptions and beyond, 315–341. Oxford University Press.

How multi-dimensional is quotation?

2004. Comments on Chris Potts’ The Dimensions of Quotation, Harvard-MIT-UConn Workshop on Indexicals, Speech Acts, and Logophors. Cambridge, MA. Nov. 20, 2004.

Epistemic containment. (with Sabine Iatridou)

2003. Linguistic Inquiry 34(2). 173–198.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/002438903321663370.

If and when ‘if’-clauses can restrict quantifiers. (with Sabine Iatridou)

2002. Unpublished manuscript, MIT [written for the Workshop in Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Michigan, November 8–10, 2002].

Conditional strengthening: a case study in implicature.

2001. Unpublished manuscript, MIT.

Counterfactuals in a dynamic context.

2001. In Michael Kenstowicz (ed.), Ken Hale: a life in language, 123–152. MIT Press.

Exceptive constructions.

2000. Seminar Notes, MIT.

Singleton indefinites (re. schwarzschild 2000).

2000. Handout from a talk to MIT Syntax-Semantics Reading Group.

Whatever.

2000. Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 10. 27–40.

What is presupposition accommodation?

2000. Unpublished manuscript, MIT.

Class notes on adjectives.

1999. ms, MIT.

NPI licensing, Strawson entailment, and context dependency.

1999. Journal of Semantics 16(2). 97–148.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jos/16.2.97.

Amount relatives and the meaning of chains.

1999. Linguistics Colloquium. University of Edinburgh. May 14, 1999.

Quantifier domain selection and pseudo-scope.

1999. Conference on “Mapping the Semantics-Pragmatics Boundary: Context-Dependence”. Cornell University. Mar. 28, 1999.

Evidence for presuppositional indefinites.

1998. unpublished ms, MIT.

Quantifiers and ‘if’-clauses.

1998. The Philosophical Quarterly 48(191). 209–214.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9213.00095.

The presupposition of subjunctive conditionals.

1998. In Uli Sauerland & Orin Percus (eds.), The interpretive tract (MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 25), 29–44. Cambridge, MA: MITWPL.

The semantics and pragmatics of quantifier domains.

1998. Notes for Vilem Mathesius Lectures, Prague, March 1998.

Indicative conditionals.

1998. Conference on Bridges and Interfaces: Function, Meaning, and Structure. Charles University Prague (in celebration of its 650th Anniversary). Mar. 1998.

Bare plurals, bare conditionals, and ‘only’.

1997. Journal of Semantics 14(1). 1–56.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jos/14.1.1.

Specific generics.

1996. Linguistics Colloquium. Rutgers University. Feb. 23, 1996.

The formal semantics of grammaticalization.

1995. North East Linguistics Society (NELS) 25(2). 175–189.

Restrictions on quantifier domains

1994. University of Massachusetts at Amherst PhD thesis.

Exceptive constructions.

1993. Natural Language Semantics 1(2). 123–148.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00372560.

The modal-existential construction.

1992. Formal Linguistic Society of Midamerica (FLSM) 3.