Selected publications in semantics by faculty

Department of Linguistics
McGill University


Alonso-Ovalle, Luis and Paula MenÚndez-Benito, eds. (2015b). Epistemic Indefinites, Exploring Modality Beyond the Verbal Domain. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665297.001.0001.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Alonso-Ovalle, Luis and Paula Menendez-Benito (2013g). “Two Views on Epistemic Indefinites”. In: Language and Linguistics Compass 7.2, pp. 102–122. DOI: 10.1111/lnc3.12009.

Bale, Alan (2011). “Scales and comparison classes”. In: Natural Language Semantics 19.2, pp. 169–190. DOI: 10.1007/s11050-010-9068-0.

Bale, Alan and Jessica Coon (2014). “Classifiers are for numerals, not for nouns: Consequences for the mass-count distinction”. In: Linguistic Inquiry 45.4, pp. 695–707. DOI: 10.1162/LING_a_00170.

Coon, Jessica and Alan Bale (2014). “The interaction of person and number in Mi’gmaq”. In: Nordlyd 41.1, pp. 85–101. DOI:

Gillon, Brendan (2011c). “French relational words, context sensitivity and implicit arguments”. In: Current Research in the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface (Making Semantics Pragmatic) 24.

— (2012b). “Implicit complements: a dilemma for model theoretic semantics”. In: Linguistics and Philosophy 35.4, pp. 313–359.

— (2012c). “Mass terms”. In: Philosophy Compass 7.10, pp. 712–730.

— (2014a). “Complement polyvalence and permutation in English”. In: Journal of Logic, Language and Information 23.3, pp. 275–285.

Schwarz, Bernhard (2011). “Long distance indefinites and choice functions”. In: Language and Linguistics Compass 5.12. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-818X.2011.00315.x.

— (2016a). “At least and ignorance: a reply to Coppock and Brochhagen (2013)”. In: Semantics & Pragmatics. DOI: 10.3765/sp.9.10.

— (2016b). “Consistency preservation in quantity implicature: the case of at least”. In: Semantics & Pragmatics, 1:1–47. DOI: 10.3765/sp.9.1.

Schwarz, Bernhard, Brian Buccola, and Michael Hamilton (2012). “Two types of class B numeral modifiers: a reply to Nouwen (2010)”. In: Semantics & Pragmatics 5.1, pp. 1–25. DOI: 10.3765/sp.5.1.

Shimoyama, Junko (2011b). “Japanese indeterminate negative polarity items and their scope”. In: Journal of Semantics 28.4, pp. 413–450. DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffr004.

— (2012b). “Reassessing crosslinguistic variation in clausal comparatives”. In: Natural Language Semantics 20.1, pp. 83–113. DOI: 10.1007/s11050-011-9076-8.

— (2014). “The Size of Noun Modifiers and Degree Quantifier Movement”. In: Journal of East Asian Linguistics 23.3, pp. 307–331. DOI: 10.1007/s10831-014-9121-y.

Wagner, Michael and Jeffrey Klassen (2015). “Accessibility is no Alternative to Alternatives”. In: Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience 30, pp. 212–233. DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2014.959532.

Papers in edited volumes

Alonso-Ovalle, Luis and Paula Menendez-Benito (2013a). “A Note on the derivation of the epistemic effect of Spanish algun as an implicature”. In: Alternatives in Semantics. Ed. by Anamaria Falaus. London: Palgrave McMillan, pp. 36–50.

Alonso-Ovalle, Luis and Paula MenÚndez-Benito (2015a). “Epistemic Indefinites: An Overview”. In: Epistemic Indefinites, Exploring Modality Beyond the Verbal Domain. Ed. by Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Paula MenÚndez-Benito. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1–28.

Gillon, Brendan (2011a). “Classical semantics and apoha semantics”. In: Apoha: Buddhist nominalism and human cognition. Ed. by Tom Tillemans Mark Siderits and Arindam Chakrabarti. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 273–282.

— (2012a). “Exocentric (bahuvrihi) compounds in Classical Sanskrit”. In: Samskrta-sadhuta: Goodness of Sanskrit. Studies in Honour of Professor Ashok N. Aklujkar. Ed. by Yoshichika Honda Chikafumi Watanabe Michele Desmarais. New Delhi: D. K. Printworld, pp. 240–257.

— (2012d). “The correspondence principle”. In: World View and Theory in Indian Philosophy. Ed. by Piotr Balcerowicz. Vol. 5. Warsaw Indological Studies. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, pp. 379–396.

— (2013). “Logic and Language in Indian Buddhist Thought”. In: A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy. Ed. by Steven M. Emmanuel. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., pp. 307–319.

— (2014b). “Optional complements of English verbs and adjectives”. In: Verb concepts: cognitive science perspectives on verb representation and processing. Ed. by Roberto De Almeida and Christina Manouilidou. Springer, pp. 67–75.

Papers in conference proceedings

Alonso-Ovalle, Luis and Paula Menendez-Benito (2011b). “Expressing indifference: Spanish un NP cualquiera”. In: Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 21 (SALT 21). Ed. by Anca Chereches Neil Ashton and David Lutz, pp. 333–352. URL:

Alonso-Ovalle, Luis and Junko Shimoyama (2014). “Expressing Ignorance in the Nominal Domain: Japanese wh-ka”. In: Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. Ed. by Robert E. Santana-LaBarge. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project,, document #3002, pp. 11–20.

Gillon, Brendan (2011b). “Dharmakirti on inference from effect: a discussion of verse 12 and the svavrtti of the Svarthanumana chapter of the Pramanavarttika”. In: Proceedings of the Fourth International Dharmakirti Conference. Ed. by Eli Franco Helmut Krasser Horst Lasic and Birgit Kellner. Vienna, Austria: Verlag der Osterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, pp. 113–129.

Goodhue, Dan and Michael Wagner (2015). “It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it: Intonation, yes and no”. In: Proceedings of the 45th Meeting of the North-East Linguistic Society. Ed. by Thuy Bui and Deniz Ízyildiz.

Grodzinsky, Yosef (2011b). “Two puzzles in experimental syntax and semantics”. In: Proceedings fron the 47th meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. Ed. by Martina Martinovic & Chieu Nguyen Carissa Abrego-Collier Arum Kang. Vol. 47. University of Chicago Press.

Hamlaoui, Fatima, Marzena Żygis, Jonas Engelmann, and Michael Wagner (2015). “Acoustic Correlates Of Focus Marking in Polish”. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences ICPHS in Glasgow. URL:

Hirsch, Aron and Michael Wagner (2015a). “Right node raising, scope, and plurality”. In: Proceedings of the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium. Ed. by Thomas Brochhagen, Floris Roelofsen, and Nadine Theiler, pp. 187–196.

Schwarz, Bernhard (2013). “At least and Quantity Implicature: Choices and Consequences”. In: Proceedings of the 19th Amsterdam Colloquium. Ed. by Maria Aloni, Michael Franke, and Floris Roelofsen. URL:

Schwarz, Bernhard and Junko Shimoyama (2011). “Negative Islands and Obviation by Wa in Japanese Degree Questions”. In: Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory. Ed. by Nan Li and David Lutz. Vol. 20. CLC Publications Cornell University, pp. 684–701.

Shimoyama, Junko (2011a). “Degree quantification and the size of noun modifiers”. In: Japanese/Korean Linguistics. Ed. by William McClure and Marcel den Dikken. Vol. 18. Stanford: CSLI Publications., pp. 356–367.

Shimoyama, Junko, Alex Drummond, Bernhard Schwarz, and Michael Wagner (2015). “Movement and Ellipsis in Afterthought Right Dislocation, Sluicing and Fragments”. In: Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association. Ed. by Santa Venerte. URL: