Papers and talks (By year)


  • Quantifying-into wh-dependencies: Multiple-wh questions and questions with a quantifier. (Paper)
    2022. Accepted by Linguistics and Philosophy. Pre-print version: July 2022.
  • Relativized Exhaustivity: mention-some and uniqueness. (Free access link; Lingbuzz link)
    2022. Natural Language Semantics 30 (3): 311–362. DOI:
  • Binding without variable: Solving the under-generation problems. (OSF page) (Paper)
    2021. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 31: 1–20.
  • Higher-order readings of wh-questions. (Free access link; Lingbuzz link)
    2021. Natural Language Semantics 29:1–45. DOI: 10.1007/s11050-020-09166-8
  • A hybrid categorial approach to question composition. (Free access link; Lingbuzz link)
    2021. Linguistics and Philosophy 44:587–647. DOI: 10.1007/s10988-020-09294-8
  • Function alternations of the Mandarin particle dou: Distributor, free choice licensor, and ‘even’.  (Paper)(Link for free-access)
    2020. Journal of Semantics 37(2):171-217. DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffz018
  • Two types of higher-order readings of wh-questions. (Paper)(Video)(Slides)
    2019. Proceedings of the 22nd Amsterdam Colloquium. [Updated in Xiang 2021 NLS]
  • Getting quantifying-into questions uniformly: Functionality, domain exhaustivity, and quantificational variability. (Paper)(Poster)
    2019. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 29. [Updated in Xiang 2021 April]
  • 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. (Link for free-access)
    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.
    NOTE: Most chapters of this dissertation have been superseded by peer-reviewed journal articles, with substantial reworking and rewriting. For details, please visit this page.
  • Solving the dilemma between uniqueness and mention-some.  (Paper)
    2016. Proceedings of North East Linguistics Society 46. [Analysis updated in Xiang 2021 Oct]
  • 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. [Updated in Xiang 2020 JoS]
  • Mention-some readings of questions: Complexities from number-marking.
    2015.  Proceedings of Amsterdam Colloquium 20. (Paper) [Analysis updated in Xiang 2021 Oct]
  • A Grammatical view of exhaustification with focus movement:
    Evidence from NPI-Licensing. 
    2015. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19.  [Updated in Xiang 2017 JoS]
  • Obligatory neg-raising in Mandarin: Negatives and aspects. (Paper)
    2014. Unpublished manuscript. Harvard University. [Presented at TEAL 9: Handout]
  • 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. Written when I knew nothing about generative linguistics. Don’t read/cite.]

Selected Talks and Posters without papers/proceedings

  • A variable-free approach to WH-dependency. (Slides)
    Workshop on Complex multiple wh- constructions. Univ. of Nantes. Nov 2019.
  • Not Exhaustivity: Completeness and false answer sensitivity in questions. (Slides)
    • Workshop “Looks, Attitudes, and Syntactic Embedding”. NYU. Nov 2019.
    • Workshop “Exhaustivity in questions and answers – Experimental and theoretical approaches”,  Tübingen Univ., June 2019.
    • Invited colloquium. Rutgers University. Feb 2018.
  • Tutorial: Quantifying into questions. (Handout)
    The Workshop of multiple wh- constructions and their kin. University of Nantes. Sep 2018.
  • Semantics bootcamp: Questions. (Part I) (Part II)
    Peking University. July.
  • Multiple exhaustifications and multiple scalar items. (Handout)
    PLC 39. University of Pennsylvania. March 2015.