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Sinn und Bedeutung 26

Sinn und Bedeutung 26 will be hosted by the Institute of German Language and Literature I and the Cologne Center of Language Sciences at the University of Cologne on 8-10 September 2021. Depending on the travel situation, Sinn und Bedeutung 26 will take place in a hybrid format or purely online. 

We are happy to announce the following invited speakers: 

Organizing Team

Program Committee



8 September




Wednesday – Room 1 – Morning Session


Wednesday – Room 2 – Morning Session


Wednesday – Room 3 – Morning Session



Eszter Ronai and Ming Xiang

The University of Chicago

Explaining scalar diversity with predictability of alternatives

Torgrim Solstad and Oliver Bott

Bielefeld University

Cataphoric presuppositions

Manfred Sailer

Goethe-University Frankfurt (a.M.)

Use-conditional licensing of strong NPIs


Chao Sun and Richard Breheny

Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS), University College London

What the inference task can tell us about the comprehension of scalars and numbers: An investigation of probe question and response bias

Felix Frühauf

Universität Konstanz

German rationale clauses under attitude verbs

Juliane Schwab and Mingya Liu

Osnabrück University, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Attenuating NPIs in indicative vs. counterfactual conditionals




Wednesday – Room 1 – Afternoon Session


Wednesday – Room 2– Afternoon Session


Wednesday – Room 3– Afternoon Session



Adina Camelia Bleotu

University of Bucharest

Romanian 5-year-olds derive global but not local implicatures with quantifiers embedded under epistemic adverbs: Evidence from a shadow-playing paradigm.

Alexandros Kalomoiros and Florian Schwarz

University of Pennsylvania

Presupposition projection from 'or' vs 'and' - an experimental comparison

Giuseppe Magistro

Ghent University

The rise and fall of illocutionary negation: the semantic reanalysis of Venetan 'miga'


Nicole Gotzner and Anton Benz

Universität Potsdam, Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS)

Implicatures in (non-) monotonic environments

Alexander Wimmer and Robin Hörnig

Universität Tübingen

Present counterfactuals and the indicative-subjunctive divide

Maike Züfle and Roni Katzir

Heidelberg University, Tel Aviv University

An evolutionary model-based approach to the missing o-corner




Invited Talk: Michael Franke (Osnabrück University)

 Long Break



Wednesday – Room 1 – Evening Session


Wednesday – Room 2 – Evening Session


Wednesday – Room 3 – Evening Session




Ryan Walter Smith

University of Texas at El Paso

A unified semantics for associative plurals and plural pronoun constructions

Dongsik Lim, Semoon Hoe andYugyeong Park

Hongik University, Pusan National University, Seoul National University

Two different types of inference in evidentials: efficacy vs. doxastic worlds

Marianne Huijsmans and Daniel Reisinger

University of British Columbia

Gesture vs. salience: Two types of demonstratives in ʔayʔaǰuθəm


Robert Henderson, Jeremy Pasquereau and John Powell

University of Arizona, UK Surrey Morphology Group, University of Arizona

Dependent pluractionality in Piipaash (Yuman)

Yurika Aonuki

University of British Columbia

An account of morphological tenselessness in Gitksan inspired by SOT in English

Michela Ippolito, Francesca Foppolo and Francesca Panzeri

University of Toronto, Universita degli Studi Milano – Bicocca

Is the 'mano a tulipano' gesture compatible with canonical questions? An empirical study of a speech act-marking gesture








– Poster Room –


  1. Anne Mucha (Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim) and Jutta Hartmann (Bielefeld University)

(Non)Attitude verbs and control shift: Evidence from German

[2] Berit Gehrke (HU Berlin) and Marcin Wagiel (Masaryk University Brno):

Non-conservative readings with percentage quantifiers in Slavic and German

[3] Jianan Liu, Xiaoli Dong and Bert Le Bruyn (UiL-OTS):

Mandarin bare indefinites

[4] Mathieu Paillé (McGill University)

Non-Boolean conjunction with atomic and plural subjects

[5] Mora Maldonado (University of Edinburgh), Noga Zaslavsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Jennifer Culbertson (University of Edinburgh)

Efficient coding explains cross-linguistic patterns in Person systems

[6] Kazuko Yatsushiro, Tue Trinh, Marzena Żygis, Stephanie Solt, Anton Benz and Manfred Krifka (Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS))

Assertability differences between epistemic adverbs and adjectives

[7] Kurt Erbach (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) and Leda Berio (Tel Aviv University)

Countability shifts in the normative dimension

[8] Michela Ippolito, Angelika Kiss and Will Williams (University of Toronto)

The discourse function of adversative conjunction




9 September






Thursday – Room 1 – Morning Session


Thursday – Room 2 – Morning Session


Thursday – Room 3 – Morning Session



Adam Przepiórkowski

University of Warsaw / Polish Academy of Sciences / University of Oxford

Polyadic cover quantification in heterofunctional coordination

Xixian Liao

Pompeu Fabra University      

Coherence-driven predictability and referential form: evidence from English corpus data

Shun Ihara

Kobe University

Resolving teleological QUDs with/without discourse particles and vocatives


İsa Kerem Bayırlı

TOBB University of Economics and Technology

The left-CONS2 Constraint

Asya Achimova, Christian Stegemann-Philipps, Susanne

Winkler and Martin V. Butz

University of Tübingen

Referring to agents in an artifcial world: the role of predictability

Alex Warstadt and Omar Agha

New York University                

Testing gradient measures of relevance in discourse





Thursday – Room 1– Afternoon Session


Thursday – Room 2– Afternoon Session


Thursday – Room 3– Afternoon Session



Lydia Newkirk

Rutgers University

Limited variable-force modals and the interaction of scal{ar,eless} implicatures

Masashi Harada

McGill University

On the plural projection analysis of plurals/cumulativity

Daniel Goodhue

University of Maryland

Rising declaratives and the pragmatics of illocutionary force


Richard Booth

Columbia University

Necessity modals, disjunctions, and collectivity

Aron Hirsch and Bernhard Schwarz

Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS), McGill University

Cumulative readings in focus contexts

Cory Bill and Todor Koev

Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS), University of Konstanz

Really: Ambiguity and question bias




Invited Talk      M. Teresa Espinal (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Negation in language and mind

Long Break



Thursday – Room 1 – Evening Session


Thursday – Room 2 – Evening Session


Thursday – Room 3 – Evening Session



Adam Gobeski and Marcin Morzycki

Unaffiliated (United States), University of British Columbia

Odds, probabilities, scores, and the interpretation of measure phrases

Moshe E. Bar-Lev

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Why the distributive/collective ambiguity is (sometimes) a myth

Lalitha Balachandran

University of California, Santa Cruz

Reciprocal questions and the pragmatics of argument reversing VPE


Peter Sutton, Hana Filip, Todd Snider and Mia Windhearn

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Metaphorical measure expressions

Mojmír Dočekal, Nina Haslinger, Eva Rosina, Magdalena Roszkowski, Viola Schmitt, Marcin Wagiel, Valerie Wurm and Iveta Šafratová

Masaryk University, University of Göttingen, University of Vienna, Central European University, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Masaryk University, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Masaryk University Brno

Cumulative readings of distributive conjunctions: Evidence from Czech and German

Richard Stockwell

Christ Church, University of Oxford

Contradiction and ellipsis licensing with voice mismatch and symmetry




Invited Talk      Floris Roelofsen (University of Amsterdam): Text to Sign Translation






10 September


Friday – Room 1 – Morning Session


Friday – Room 2 – Morning Session


Friday – Room 3 – Morning Session



Isabelle Charnavel

Harvard University

The last take on intensional superlatives

Friederike Moltmann

Université Paris      

Empathetic attitude reports

Ciyang Qing and Floris Roelofsen

University of Amsterdam

Quantifier scope in questions


Mojmír Dočekal and Hana Krajíčková

Masaryk University Brno

Comparative and superlative differentials: experimental evidence from Czech

Julia Lukassek, Maria Ermakova and Juliane Nau

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Zentrum für digitale Lexikographie der deutschen Sprache

German zum-PPs as adjective intensifiers

Moritz Igel and Konstantin Sachs

University of Tübingen (beide)

Star operators episode 2: Return of the double star




Friday – Room 1– Afternoon Session


Friday – Room 2– Afternoon Session


Friday – Room 3– Afternoon Session



Gerhard Schaden

Université de Lille

An Interactivist Approach to Slurs

William Johnston

McGill University

Nonspecific promises: Restitutive 'again' and intensional transfer-of-posRoom verbs

Joshua Martin        

Harvard University

A structural source for intersective ambiguity


Sarah Zobel and Jakob Majdič

University of Oslo, University of Vienna

Expressing difficult achievements in Bavarian: the interpretation of 'der'-verbs

Mira Grubic

Potsdam University

On "noch (ein)mal so"

Stavroula Alexandropoulou and Nicole Gotzner

University of Potsdam

Negation, polarity & scale structure: Different inferences of gradable adjectives

Long Break



Friday – Room 1 – Evening Session


Friday – Room 2 – Evening Session


Friday – Room 3 – Evening Session



Dorit Abusch and Mats Rooth

Cornell University

Intensional and temporal pictorial conflation

Carina Bolaños Lewen and Carolyn Anderson

Wesleyan University and Wellesley College

(Some) parentheses are focus-sensitive operators

Ang Li

Rutgers University

Comparing the center to the background in the internal reading


Frank Sode

Goethe University Frankfurt (a.M.)

Two notions of 'de se' in desire reports

Ruyue Agnes Bi

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Deriving evaluativity in even-comparatives via presupposition accommodation

Luis Miguel Toquero Pérez

University of Southern California           

A seeming violation to the Monotonicity Constraint: Evidence from Spanish verbal comparatives




Invited Talk: Claudia Maienborn (University of Tübingen)