21st Annual SemFest -- CANCELLED

Fri March 13th 2020, 12:00am



SemFest will not be held on March 13 due to ongoing efforts to limit campus activities.    This event page is remaining so that descriptions of the work that would have been presented remain available.  


The yearly Sem(antics)Fest is intended to promote discussion and collaboration among all those in the Stanford community interested in the semantics and pragmatics of natural language, as well as their interface with other modules of grammar.  It includes contributions from members of the Department of Linguistics with interests in semantics and pragmatics, as well as from members of the Stanford University community who share these interests.  

Schedule for SemFest 21

Session 1: Chair -- Ciyang Qing

1:30 Lewis Esposito: An experimental investigation of non-culminating accomplishments in Mandarin

2:00 Ranjani Iyer, Cleo Condoravdi, Paul Kiparsky: A unified meaning for out-comparatives 

2:30 Anissa Zaitsu: On the non-rhetorical use of a reduced why-question 

3:00 Break

Session 2: Chair -- CJ Brickhouse

3:15 Elisa Kreiss: Production expectations modulate contrastive inferences

3:45 Brandon Waldon: Symmetric alternatives and semantic uncertainty modulate scalar inference