Papers and talks (By topic)

See a full list of papers/talks/posters in my CV.

     Composing Questions    

  • A variable-free approach to composing questions with functional dependency
    Manuscript. [Please send me an email if you are interested in seeing the draft.]
  • Higher-order readings of WH-questions.
    Manuscript. [Updated in Oct. Comments and questions are very much appreciated. Suggestions about citations are especially welcome!]
    2019. Talk. Oberseminar Colloquium. Göttingen Univ., June 11. (Slides)
  • A hybrid categorial approach to question composition.
    2019. Resubmitted. (Paper)
    2018. Talk. NYU Semantics Group. Sep 25. (Handout) [Earlier versions: job talk at Rutgers University, and invited talk at The Workshop of multiple wh– constructions and their kin, University of Nantes.]
  • Getting quantifying-into questions uniformly: Functionality, domain exhaustivity, and quantificational variability.
    • 2019. Proceedings of SALT 29. (Paper)
    • 2019. Poster. SALT 29. UCLA. May 17-19. (Poster)
  • Tutorial: Quantifying into questions.
    2018. The Workshop of multiple wh– constructions and their kin. Univ. of Nantes. Sep 17. (Handout)
  • Composing complex questions: Multi-wh questions and questions with quantifiers.
    • 2017. DiP Colloquium talk. ILLC, University van Amsterdam, March 17. (Handout)
    • 2017. Poster. David Pesetsky’s 60th birthday workshop. MIT. Feb. 11. (Poster)
  • Composing questions: A hybrid categorial approach. (Slides)(Printable)
    2017. Talk. Compositionality at the interfaces workshop at GLOW 40,  Leiden University, March 14.
  • Wh-items quantify over polymorphic sets. (Slides) [
    2017. Talk. CLS 53. University of Chicago. May 25-27.
  • 2016. Dissertation chapter 1, 5, and 6.

     Mention-some questions     

  • Not Exhaustivity: Completeness and false answer sensitivity in questions. (Slides)
    2019. Talk. Workshop “Exhaustivity in questions and answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches”,  Tübingen Univ., June 13-14.
  • Complete and true: Attitudes held of questions.
    2018. Colloquium talk. Rutgers University. Feb 6. (Slides)
  • Mention-some readings of plural-marked questions: Experimental evidence. (Paper)
    Xiang, Yimei and Alexandre Cremers.
    2017. Proceedings of NELS 47 (vol 3): 261-274.
  • 2016. Dissertation chapter 2-3.
  • Deriving the ambiguity of mention-some questions by pre-exhaustifications. (Handout)
    2016. Talk. LSA 2016, Washington. January 7-10.
  • Solving the dilemma between uniqueness and mention-some. (Paper)
    2016. Proceedings of NELS 46, (vol 3): 285-298.
  • Deriving disjunctive mention-all answers. (Handout)
    2015. Talk. Inquisitive Semantics closing workshop “Questions in Semantics and Logic”, ILLC, University van Amsterdam. December 15.
  • Mention-some readings of questions: Complexities from number-marking. (Paper)
    2015. Proceedings of Amsterdam Colloquium 20: 438-447.

   Questions under attitudes      

  • Not Exhaustivity: Completeness and false answer sensitivity in questions. (Slides)
    2019. Talk. Workshop “Exhaustivity in questions and answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches”,  Tübingen Univ., June 13-14.
  • Complete and true: Attitudes held of questions.
    2018. Colloquium talk. Rutgers University. Feb 6. (Slides)
  • 2016. Dissertation chapter 4.
  • Sensitivity to false answers in interpreting indirect questions.
    • 2016-2017. Talk Slides. Northwestern University, Tsinghua University, ILLC @ University van Amsterdam, and Center for Formal Epistemology @ Carnegie Mellon University.
    • 2015. Poster. Experimental Pragmatics 2015
  • Complete and true: A uniform analysis for mention-some and mention-all questions. (Paper)
    2016. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20: 815-830.

   Focus & Polarity items & Implicatures  

  • ONLY: An NPI-licenser and NPI-unlicenser. (Paper)
    2017. Journal of Semantics 34(3): 447-481. DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffx006
  • A grammatical view of exhaustification with focus movement: Evidence from NPI-licensing. (Paper)
    2015. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19: 657-674.
  • Multiple exhaustifications and multiple scalar items. (Handout)
    2015. Talk. PLC 39. University of Pennsylvania. March 20-22.
  • Focus structure and NPI-licensing. (Poster)
    2014. Poster. GLOW 37, Brussels. April 2-5.

     Mandarin particle “dou” 都    

  • Function alternations of the Mandarin particle dou: Distributor, free choice licensor, and ‘even’. (Paper)
    2018. Accepted. Journal of Semantics. [Accepted and updated in May 2019. Old title: “Alternations of logical functions: Mandarin particle dou as a pre-exhaustification exhaustifier”]
  • 2016. Dissertation chapter 7.
  • Mandarin Particle dou: A pre-exhaustification exhaustifier. (Handout)
    2016-2017. Talks. SJTU, BLCU, MIT Exhaustivity workshop in honor of Danny Fox’s 50th birthday. [Earlier versions: EACL 9 and LAGB 2015.}
  • The Mandarin particle dou: Exhaustification over pre-exhaustified alternatives. (Paper)
    2016. Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 11: 275-304.

    Neg-Raising    

  • Obligatory neg-raising in Mandarin: Negatives and aspects. 
    • 2014. Unpublished Manuscript. (Paper)
    • 2014. Talk. TEAL 9, Nantes. September 25-26. (Handout)
  • Neg-raising: Focus and implicatures. (Paper) (Poster)
    2013. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 18: 487-503.
  • Neg-raising and aspect: Evidence from Mandarin.
    2013. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 19. [Bad paper. Don’t read/cite.]