Papers and talks (By topic)

This page lists the most up-to-date work on each topic. For earlier versions, see the “Papers and talks (by year)” page. (Updated as of July 2022)

I: Semantics of questions
II: Free choice, polarity items, focus
III: Binding and compositionality

  Area I:   Semantics of Questions    

A. Composition of questions

  • 2022. Quantifying-into wh-dependencies: multiple-wh questions and questions with quantifiers. Accepted by Linguistics and Philosophy. (Paper)
  • Earlier versions:
    2019. Getting quantifying-into questions uniformly: Functionality, domain exhaustivity, and quantificational variability. Proceedings of SALT 29. (Paper) (Poster)
    2016. Dissertation chapters 5 and 6.

  • 2021. A hybrid categorial approach to question composition. Linguistics and Philosophy. 44:587–647. DOI: 10.1007/s10988-020-09294-8 (Free access link; Lingbuzz link)
  • Earlier version: 2016. Dissertation chapter 1

  • 2019. A variable-free approach to wh-dependency. The Workshop on Complex multiple wh– constructions. Univ. of Nantes. Nov 25-26. (Slides)

  • 2018. Tutorial: Quantifying into questions. The Workshop on multiple wh– constructions and their kin. Univ. of Nantes. Sep 17. (Handout)

B. Higher-order readings

  • 2021. Higher-order readings of wh-questions. Natural Language Semantics 29: 1-45. DOI: 10.1007/s11050-020-09166-8 (Free access link; Lingbuzz link)
  • Earlier version:
    2019. Two types of higher-order readings of wh-questions. Proceedings of Amsterdam Colloquium 22. (Paper)

C. Mention-some and uniqueness (see also section D)

  • 2022. Relativized Exhaustivity: Mention-some and uniqueness. Natural Language Semantics 30: 311-362. DOI: (Free access link; presentation: video and slides)
  • Earlier versions:
    2016. Dissertation chapters 2 and 3.
    2016. Solving the dilemma between uniqueness and mention-some. Proceedings of NELS 46, (vol 3): 285-298.
    2015. Mention-some readings of questions: Complexities from number-marking. 2015. Proceedings of Amsterdam Colloquium 20.

  • 2017. Mention-some readings of plural-marked questions: Experimental evidence. Xiang, Yimei and Alexandre Cremers. Proceedings of NELS 47 (vol 3): 261-274. (Paper)

D. 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. (Also presented at NYU, Rutgers, ILLC, CMU)
    Earlier versions:
    2016. Dissertation chapter 4.
    2016. Complete and true: A uniform analysis for mention-some and mention-all questions. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20: 815-830. (Paper)

Area II:   Free choice, Polarity items, Focus 

A. Free choice answers and modalized questions

B. Free choice and the Mandarin particle dou

  • 2020. Function alternations of the Mandarin particle dou: Distributor, free choice licensor, and ‘even’. Journal of Semantics 37(2): 171-217. DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffz018 (Link for free-access)
  • Earlier versions:
    2016. Dissertation chapter 7.
    2016. The Mandarin particle dou: Exhaustification over pre-exhaustified alternatives. Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 11: 275-304. (Paper)
  • Other related papers: Xiang 2022 NLS (on the exhaustivity marker use of dou in questions)

C. NPI and only

  • 2017. ONLY: An NPI-licenser and NPI-unlicenserJournal of Semantics 34(3): 447-481. DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffx006  (Paper)
  • Earlier versions:
    2015. A grammatical view of exhaustification with focus movement: Evidence from NPI-licensing. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19: 657-674.
    2014. Focus structure and NPI-licensing. Poster at GLOW 37, Brussels. April 2-5.

D. Other topics

  • 2015. Multiple exhaustifications and multiple scalar items. (Handout)
    Talk. PLC 39. University of Pennsylvania. March 20-22.

  • 2014. Obligatory neg-raising in Mandarin: Negatives and aspects. 
    • Manuscript. (Paper)
    • Talk at TEAL 9, Nantes. September 25-26. (Handout)

  • 2013. Neg-raising: Focus and implicatures. Proceedings of SuB 18: 487-503. (Paper)
    Earlier version: 2013. Neg-raising and aspect: Evidence from Mandarin. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 19

Area III:   Binding and compositionality