Mandatory implicatures, implicatures and (in)felicity, Need A Reason implicatures, and related matters.
Joint work with Cleo Condoravdi. Anankastic and near-anankastic conditionals: Their semantics, pragmatics, inferential properties and temporal interpretation.
The last two papers are companions of a sort: Anankastic conditionals are just conditionals lays out our account of the semantics of anankastic and near-anankastic conditionals and discusses the existing linguistic literature in some depth, Preference-conditioned necessities: … is concerned with the (pragmatic) question of how (many) anankastic conditionals can be used to give advice and takes the semantic account as a starting point for a discussion of certain philosophical concerns about practical reasoning and the requirements of rationality.
Much of this is joint work with Cleo Condoravdi, and, more recently, with Erlinde Meertens. Imperatives and clause-typing. The form-force mapping and the semantics/pragmatics “interface”. Explicit performatives and performative uses of modals, desideratives, and other expressions.
Lauer, Sven (2015) Temporal interpretation and the performative use of modals, Proceedings of the Twentieth Amsterdam Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.This handout contains an additional appendix commenting on some complexities in the data.
Condoravdi, Cleo and Sven Lauer (2011) Performative Verbs and Performative Acts Proceedings of Sinn and Bedeutung 15.
While I generally remove references to handouts from this page once their content has been covered in a published paper, some of the handouts listed above remain because they have been referenced in print and present slightly different takes resulting from various stages of our thinking about the topic.
Joint work with Prerna Nadathur. Quantifiers and if-clauses. most, many and focus-sensitivity. And tense.
Joint work with Prerna Nadathur. English periphrastic causatives. cause vs. make. Causal necessity and causal sufficiency. Causatives in Japanese and Korean, and German.
These two papers are companion pieces: Causal necessity … presents the basic English data and lays out our analysis in an informal (and hopefully accessible) way. Sufficiency causatives is a more techically-oriented paper that presents the formal analysis in detail and adds discussion of the German causative lassen.
Together, the two papers supersede the following manuscript, which remains online as it has been cited in print.
Going forward, I prefer the newer papers to be cited, except where some aspect of the older manuscript that does not appear in the newer one is relevant.
-ever free relatives, German irgend-indefinites, Spanish algún. The notion of postsuppositions in a dynamic semantics.