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Quantification and modality in the realm of questions

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Project "QuModQu" data sheet

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙391˙324 €
 EC max contribution 1˙391˙324 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙391˙324.00


 Project objective

The interpretation of linguistic expressions has been investigated from various theoretical perspectives, ranging from linguistics and philosophy to logic and cognitive science, leading to many applications in computer science. At the heart of this enterprise is a simple yet powerful notion of meaning as truth-conditional content. Despite its merits, this view has a fundamental limitation: while suitable for statements, it does not apply to other sentence types, like questions. This limitation has recently led the applicant and his collaborators to propose a more general notion of meaning, giving rise to a new semantic framework called inquisitive semantics. This framework opens up new horizons for all disciplines concerned with linguistic meaning. The present project explores these horizons in logic and linguistics, also making substantial connections with philosophy and computer science. In linguistics, besides providing a framework for the analysis of questions, the new approach suggests that inquisitive content plays a role in the semantics of statements as well, which sheds new light on recent linguistic observations that are highly puzzling from a purely truth-conditional point of view. In logic, the enriched notion of meaning also opens up new, exciting possibilities. While logic is standardly concerned with reasoning processes that involve concrete pieces of information, our new perspective also allows us to consider reasoning processes involving types of information. Relations between types of information play a central role in natural sciences, and also in various applicative domains in computer science. The project will explore in detail how the inquisitive perspective extends the boundaries of logic and linguistics, with a particular focus on the domains of quantification and modality, which are central to both enterprises. The approach will be highly inter-disciplinary in nature, forging cross-fertilization between the two fields.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Ivano Ciardelli, Linmin Zhang, Lucas Champollion
Two switches in the theory of counterfactuals
published pages: 577-621, ISSN: 0165-0157, DOI: 10.1007/s10988-018-9232-4
Linguistics and Philosophy 41/6 2019-06-19
2017 Ivano Ciardelli
The Dynamic Logic of Stating and Asking: A Study of Inquisitive Dynamic Modalities
published pages: 240-255, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-55665-8_17
International Workshop on Logic, Rationality and Interaction 2019-06-19
2017 Ivano Ciardelli, Floris Roelofsen
Hurford’s constraint, the semantics of disjunction, and the nature of alternatives
published pages: 199-222, ISSN: 0925-854X, DOI: 10.1007/s11050-017-9134-y
Natural Language Semantics 25/3 2019-06-19
2017 Ivano Ciardelli, Martin Otto
Bisimulation in Inquisitive Modal Logic
published pages: 151-166, ISSN: 2075-2180, DOI: 10.4204/EPTCS.251.11
Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 251 2019-06-19
2018 Ivano Ciardelli
Questions as information types
published pages: 321-365, ISSN: 0039-7857, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-016-1221-y
Synthese 195/1 2019-06-19
2018 Thom Van Gessel, Alexandre Cremers, Floris Roelofsen
Polarity sensitivity of question embedding: experimental evidence
published pages: 217, ISSN: 2163-5951, DOI: 10.3765/salt.v28i0.4424
Semantics and Linguistic Theory 28 2019-06-03
2018 Liz Coppock, Ivano Ciardelli, Floris Roelofsen
Implicatures of modified numerals: quality or quantity?
published pages: 283-300, ISSN: , DOI:
Sinn und Bedeutung 21 2019-06-03
2018 Thom van Gessel
Action models in inquisitive logic
published pages: , ISSN: 0039-7857, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-018-1886-5
Synthese 2019-06-03
2018 Gianluca Grilletti
Disjunction and Existence Properties in Inquisitive First-Order Logic
published pages: , ISSN: 0039-3215, DOI: 10.1007/s11225-018-9835-3
Studia Logica 2019-06-03
2018 Floris Roelofsen, Wataru Uegaki
The distributive ignorance puzzle
published pages: 999-1016, ISSN: , DOI:
Sinn und Bedeutung 21 2019-06-03
2018 Nadine Theiler, Floris Roelofsen, Maria Aloni
A Uniform Semantics for Declarative and Interrogative Complements
published pages: 409-466, ISSN: 0167-5133, DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffy003
Journal of Semantics 35/3 2019-06-03
2019 Nadine Theiler, Floris Roelofsen, Maria Aloni
Picky predicates: why believe doesn’t like interrogative complements, and other puzzles
published pages: , ISSN: 0925-854X, DOI: 10.1007/s11050-019-09152-9
Natural Language Semantics 2019-06-03

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