Papers and talks (By year)


  • Two types of higher-order readings of wh-questions.
    2019. Proceedings of Amsterdam Colloquium 2019.
  • A variable-free approach to wh-dependency.
    Manuscript. [Please send me an email if you are interested in seeing the draft.]
  • Higher-order readings of wh-questions. (Paper)
    Manuscript. [Updated in Oct. Comments and questions are very much appreciated. Suggestions about citations are especially welcome!]
  • Getting quantifying-into questions uniformly: Functionality, domain exhaustivity, and quantificational variability. (Paper)
    2019. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 29.
  • A hybrid categorial approach of question composition. (Paper)
    2019. Resubmitted.
  • Function alternations of the Mandarin particle dou: Distributor, free choice licensor, and ‘even’.  (Paper)
    Accepted. Journal of Semantics.
  • Mention-some readings of plural-marked questions: Experimental evidence. (Paper)
    Xiang, Yimei and Alexandre Cremers.
    2017. Proceedings of North East Linguistics Society 47.
  • ONLY: An NPI-licenser and NPI-unlicenser. (Paper for free downloads)
    2017. Journal of Semantics 34(3): 447-481. doi: 10.1093/jos/ffx006
  • Interpreting Questions with Non-exhaustive Answers. (Paper)
    2016. Ph.D. Dissertation. Harvard University. Committee: Gennaro Chierchia, Danny Fox, C.-T. James Huang.
  • Solving the dilemma between uniqueness and mention-some.  (Paper)
    2016. Proceedings of North East Linguistics Society 46.
  • Complete and true: A uniform analysis for mention-some and mention-all questions. (Paper)
    2016. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20.
  • Mandarin particle dou: A pre-exhaustification exhaustifier. (Paper)
    2016. Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 11. [See manuscript 2017 for updates]
  • Mention-some readings of questions: Complexities from number-marking.
    2015.  Proceedings of Amsterdam Colloquium 20. (Paper)
  • A Grammatical view of exhaustification with focus movement:
    Evidence from NPI-Licensing.

    2015. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19. (Paper) [See JoS 2017 for new analysis]
  • Obligatory neg-raising in Mandarin: Negatives and aspects. (Paper)
    2014. Unpublished manuscript. Harvard University.
  • Neg-raising: Focus and implicatures. (Paper)
    2013. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 18.
  • Neg-raising and aspect: Evidence from Mandarin.
    2013. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics Vol. 19. [Bad paper. Don’t read/cite. ]

Selected Talks and Posters without proceedings

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


  • Higher-order readings of WH-questions. 
    2019. Talk. Oberseminar Colloquium. Göttingen Univ., June 11. (Slides)
  • 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.


  • Quantifying into questions.
    Invited tutorial. The Workshop of multiple wh– constructions and their kin. University of Nantes. Sep 2018. (Handout)
  • A hybrid categorial approach to question composition. 
    • NYU Semantics Group. Sep 2018. (Handout, related paper)
    • The Workshop of multiple wh– constructions and their kin. University of Nantes. Sep 2018
    • Rutgers University. Feb 2018.
  • Complete and true: Attitudes held of questions.
    Invited colloquium. Rutgers University. Feb 2018. (Slides)


  • Sensitivity to false answers in interpreting questions under attitudes.
    Northwestern University, Tsinghua University, ILLC at University van Amsterdam, questions and attitudes workshop at Carnegie Mellon University, XPrag 2015
  • Alternations of logical functions: Mandarin particle dou as a pre-exhaustification exhaustifier. (Handout)
    SJTU, BLCU, MIT Exhaustivity Workshop, EACL 9, and LAGB 2015
  • Semantics bootcamp: Questions. (Part I) (Part II)
    Peking University. July.
  • Wh-items quantify over polymorphic sets. (Slides)
    CLS 53. University of Chicago. May 25-27.
  • Composing complex questions: Multi-wh questions and questions with quantifiers.
    • DiP colloquium, ILLC, University van Amsterdam, March 17.  (Handout)
    • David Pesetsky’s 60th birthday workshop. MIT. Feb. 11. (Poster)
  • Composing questions: A hybrid categorial approach. (Slides)(Printable)
    Compositionality at the Interfaces, GLOW 40,  Leiden University, March 14.

Till 2016

  • Deriving the ambiguity of mention-some questions by pre-exhaustifications. (Handout)
    LSA 2016, Washington. January 2016.
  • Deriving disjunctive mention-all answers. (Handout)
    Inquisitive Semantics closing workshop “Questions in Semantics and Logic”, ILLC, University van Amsterdam. December 2015.
  • Multiple exhaustifications and multiple scalar items. (Handout)
    PLC 39. University of Pennsylvania. March 2015.
  • Obligatory neg-raising in Mandarin: Negatives and aspects. (Handout)
    TEAL 9, Nantes. September 2014.
  • Focus structure and NPI-licensing. (Poster)
    GLOW 37, Brussels. April 2014.