Latest update: March 19, 2017

Affiliation and interests

I am an Associate Professor at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation in Amsterdam. My main areas of interest are formal semantics and pragmatics, philosophical logic, the syntax-semantics interface, and intonational meaning.

Most of my current research focuses on inquisitive semantics.

For a quick impression of some of my work, listen to this podcast, or have a look at this interview (in Dutch).

For more details, see my resume and the publications below.

Recent talks

January 12, 2017: What's wrong with wonder that and believe whether?, Colloquium at the Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz.

December 16-18, 2016: Information, issues, and live possibilities: might in conflicts, free choice, and questions, Workshop on Situations, Information, and Semantic Content at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy.

Journal articles

Submitted

[1] A uniform semantics for declarative and interrogative complements
Nadine Theiler, Floris Roelofsen, and Maria Aloni, submitted November 2016.

Published / in press

[19] Hurford's constraint, the semantics of disjunction, and the nature of alternatives
Ivano Ciardelli and Floris Roelofsen, Natural Language Semantics, Published online first, March 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11050-017-9134-y.

[18] Composing alternatives
Ivano Ciardelli, Floris Roelofsen, and Nadine Theiler, Linguistics and Philosophy 40(1), 1-36, 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s10988-016-9195-2.

[17] Division of labor in the interpretation of declaratives and interrogatives
Donka Farkas and Floris Roelofsen, Journal of Semantics, Published online first, January 2017, DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffw012.

[16] Logics of questions
Yacin Hamami and Floris Roelofsen, Synthese 192(6), 1581-1584, 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-015-0736-y.

[15] Inquisitive dynamic epistemic logic
Ivano Ciardelli and Floris Roelofsen, Synthese 192(6), 1643-1687, 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-014-0404-7.

[14] On the semantics and logic of declaratives and interrogatives
Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen, Synthese 192(6), pp. 1689-1728, 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-013-0352-7.

[13] Polarity particle responses as a window onto the interpretation of questions and assertions
Floris Roelofsen and Donka Farkas, Language 91(2), 359-414, 2015, DOI: 10.1353/lan.2015.0017.

[12] Question tags and sentential negativity
Adrian Brasoveanu, Karen de Clercq, Donka Farkas, and Floris Roelofsen, Lingua 145, 173-193, 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2014.03.008.

[11] Indefinites in comparatives
Maria Aloni and Floris Roelofsen, Natural Language Semantics 22(2), 145-167, 2014, DOI: 10.1007/s11050-013-9103-z.

[10] Questions
Charles Cross and Floris Roelofsen, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2014.

[9] Inquisitive semantics: a new notion of meaning
Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen, Language and Linguistics Compass 7(9), 459-476, 2013, DOI: 10.1111/lnc3.12037.

[8] Algebraic foundations for the semantic treatment of inquisitive content
Floris Roelofsen, Synthese 190(1), 79-102, 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-013-0282-4.

[7] N-words and sentential negation
Adrian Brasoveanu, Donka Farkas, and Floris Roelofsen, Semantics and Pragmatics 6(7), 1-33, 2013, DOI: 10.3765/sp.6.7.

[6] The interpretation of prosody in disjunctive questions
Kathryn Pruitt and Floris Roelofsen, Linguistic Inquiry, 44(4), 632 - 650, 2013, DOI: 10.1162/LING_a_00141.

[5] Interpreting concealed questions
Maria Aloni and Floris Roelofsen, Linguistics and Philosophy 34(5), 443-478, 2011.

[4] Free variable economy
Floris Roelofsen, Linguistic Inquiry 42(4), 682-697, 2011.

[3] Inquisitive logic
Ivano Ciardelli and Floris Roelofsen, Journal of Philosophical Logic 40(1), 55-94, 2011.

[2] Condition B effects in two simple steps
Floris Roelofsen, Natural Language Semantics 18(2), 115-140, 2009.

[1] Distributed Knowledge
Floris Roelofsen, Journal of Applied Non-Classical Logic 17(2), 255-273, 2007.

Book chapters and conference proceedings

[24] Surprise for Lauri Karttunen
Floris Roelofsen, To appear in a Festschrift for Lauri Karttunen edited by Cleo Condoravdi, CSLI Press, final version submitted February 2017.

[23] Two alternatives for disjunction: an inquisitive reconciliation
Floris Roelofsen, To appear in Edgar Onea, Klaus von Heusinger, and Malte Zimmermann, editors, Questions in Discourse, Submitted July 2016.

[22] The *whether puzzle
Floris Roelofsen, Michele Herbstritt, and Maria Aloni. To appear in Edgar Onea, Klaus von Heusinger, and Malte Zimmermann, editors, Questions in Discourse, final version submitted April 2016.

[21] Alternatives in Montague grammar
Ivano Ciardelli and Floris Roelofsen. In Eva Csipak and Hedde Zeijlstra, editors, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19, pp. 161-178, 2016.

[20] Toward a suppositional inquisitive semantics
Jeroen Groenendijk and Floris Roelofsen. In Martin Aher, Daniel Hole, Emil Jerabek, and Clemens Kupke, editors, Logic, Language, and Computation: revised selected papers from the 10th International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic, and Computation, Springer, 2015.

[19] Information, issues, and attention
Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen. In Daniel Gutzmann, Jan Kopping, and Cecile Meier, editors, Approaches to Meaning: Composition, Values, and Interpretation, pages 128-166, Brill, 2014.

[18] A bare bone attentive semantics for might
Floris Roelofsen. In M. Aloni, M. Franke, and F. Roelofsen, editors, The dynamic, inquisitive, and visionary life of φ, ?φ, and ◊φ: a festschrift for Jeroen Groenendijk, Martin Stokhof, and Frank Veltman,, pages 190-215, 2013.

[17] Towards a logic of information exchange: an inquisitive witness semantics
Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen. In G. Bezhanishvili, S. Löbner, V. Marra, and F. Richter, editors, Logic, Language, and Computation: revised selected papers from the 9th International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic, and Computation, pages 51-72, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 2013.

[16] Positive and negative polar questions in discourse
Floris Roelofsen, Noortje Venhuizen, and Galit Weidman Sassoon. In E. Chemla, V. Homer, and G. Winterstein, editors, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 17, pages 455-472, 2013.

[15] Polarity particles and the anatomy of n-words
Adrian Brasoveanu, Donka Farkas, and Floris Roelofsen. In A. Aguilar, A. Chernilovskaya, and R. Nouwen, editors, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 16, pages 99-113, MITWPL, 2012.

[14] Algebraic foundations for inquisitive semantics
Floris Roelofsen. In H. van Ditmarsch, J. Lang, and J. Shier, editors, Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Logic, Rationality, and Interaction, LORI 2011, pages 233-243, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 2011.

[13] Compliance
Jeroen Groenendijk and Floris Roelofsen. In A. Lecomte and S. Troncon, editors, Ludics, Dialogue, and Interaction, pages 161--173, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 2011.

[12] Disjunctive questions, intonation and highlighting
Floris Roelofsen and Sam van Gool. In M. Aloni, H. Bastiaanse, T. de Jager, and K. Schulz, editors, Logic, Language, and Meaning: Selected Papers from the 17th Amsterdam Colloquium, pages 384-394, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 2010.

[11] Inquisitive Semantics and Pragmatics
Jeroen Groenendijk and Floris Roelofsen. Language, Communication and Rational Agency [LCRA-09], Stanford, USA, May 30-31, 2009. An earlier version appeared in J.M. Larrazabal and L. Zubeldia, editors, Meaning, Content and Argument, Proceedings of the ILCLI International Workshop on Semantics, Pragmatics and Rhetoric, pages 41-72, University of the Basque Country Publication Service, 2009.

[10] Attention! Might in Inquisitive Semantics
Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen. In E. Cormany, S. Ito, and D. Lutz, editors, Proceedings of the 19th Conference on Semantics and Linguistic Theory [SALT-09], pages 91-108, published by eLanguage in 2011.

[9] Computing Compliance
Ivano Ciardelli, Irma Cornelisse, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen. In X. He, J. Horty, and E. Pacuit, editors, Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Logic, Rationality, and Interaction, LORI-09, pages 55-65, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2009.

[8] Generalized inquisitive logic: completeness via intuitionistic Kripke models
Ivano Ciardelli and Floris Roelofsen. Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Theoretical Aspacts of Rationality and Knowledge [TARK-09], pages 71-80, published by ACM, New York, 2009.

[7] Free Variable Economy
Floris Roelofsen. Sinn und Bedeutung [SuB-13], Stuttgart, Germany, October 2008.

[6] Perspectives on Concealed Questions
Floris Roelofsen and Maria Aloni. Semantics and Linguistic Theory [SALT-08], Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, March 2008.

[5] Contextual Default Reasoning
Gerhard Brewka, Floris Roelofsen and Luciano Serafini. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence [IJCAI-07], Hyderabad, India, January 2007.

[4] Minimal and Absent Information in Contexts
Floris Roelofsen and Luciano Serafini. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence [IJCAI-05], Edinburgh, Scotland, August 2005.

[3] Minimality and Non-Determinism in Multi-Context Systems
Floris Roelofsen and Luciano Serafini. International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context [CONTEXT-05], Paris, France, July 2005.

[2] Many Hands Make Light Work: Localized Satisfiability for Multi-Context Systems
Floris Roelofsen, Luciano Serafini, and Alessandro Cimatti. European Conference on Artificial Intelligence [ECAI-04], Valencia, Spain, August 2004.

[1] Complexity of Contextual Reasoning
Floris Roelofsen and Luciano Serafini. National Conference on Artificial Intelligence [AAAI-04], San Jose, California, USA, July 2004.

Edited books and journal issues

[5] Special issue of Synthese on Logics of Questions
Edited by Yacin Hamami and Floris Roelofsen. Springer, 2015.

[4] The dynamic, inquisitive, and visionary life of φ, ?φ, and ◊φ: a festschrift for Jeroen Groenendijk, Martin Stokhof, and Frank Veltman
Edited by Maria Aloni, Michael Franke, and Floris Roelofsen. ILLC publications, 2013.

[3] Proceedings of the Nineteenth Amsterdam Colloquium
Edited by Maria Aloni, Michael Franke, and Floris Roelofsen. ILLC publications, 2013.

[2] Logic, Language and Meaning: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Amsterdam Colloquium
Edited by Maria Aloni, Vadim Kimmelman, Floris Roelofsen, Galit Sassoon, Katrin Schulz, and Matthijs Westera. Springer, 2012.

[1] Proceedings of the Sixteenth Amsterdam Colloquium
Edited by Maria Aloni, Paul Dekker, and Floris Roelofsen. ILLC publications, 2007.

PhD/MSc theses

Master thesis 2004: Contextual Reasoning.
Master thesis 2005: Distributed Knowledge.
PhD dissertation 2008: Anaphora Resolved.

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Technical reports

[1] Rational Coordinated Anaphora Theory
Rebecca Nesson, Floris Roelofsen, and Barbara Grosz. Technical report, Harvard University, 2007.

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Contact

My email address is name@domain where
name = floris.roelofsen and
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