InqBnB4: Inquisitiveness Below and Beyond the Sentence Boundary

Nancy (France), 20 June 2023, hosted by with IWCS 2023


Room 104 (First floor)

9:00 – 9:30: Welcoming
9:30 – 9:40: Introducing words
9:40 – 10:35: Invited talk:

  • The MECORE database and the *whether-puzzle, Wataru Uegaki

10:35 – 11:00: break
11:00 – 12:30: 3 presentations:

  • Short answers as tests: A post-suppositional view on wh-questions and answers, Linmin Zhang
  • Referential Transparency and Inquisitiveness, Jonathan Ginzburg and Andy Lücking
  • Uninquisitive questions, Tom Roberts

12:30 – 14:00: Lunch
14:00 – 15:30: 3 presentations :

  • ‘mage’: a Bias Sensitive Discourse Particle, Maryam Mohammadi
  • Dynamic Questions: Evidence from Mandarin Think–”Xiang”, Anshun Zheng
  • The indefinite-interrogative affinity in sign languages: the case of Catalan Sign Language, Raquel Veiga Busto, Floris Roelofsen and Alexandra Navarrete González

15:30 – 16:00: break
16:00 – 16:55: Invited talk:

  • Question Bias, Polarity Focus, and Salience, Todor Koev (joint work with Cory Bill)

16:55 – 17:00: Final words

19h00: Dinner at Sisco, 11 Rue des Maréchaux, 54000 Nancy

Important dates

All deadlines are anywhere on Earth (AoE)

  • Submission deadline: 14 April
  • New submission deadline: 27 April(and not 26 April, as was accidentally written on last CfP)
  • Author notification: 15 May
  • Camera ready: 5 June
  • Workshop day: 20 June

Call for papers

The InqBnB workshop invites submissions on original and unpublished research focussed on the properties of inquisitive content. We are mainly interested in theoretical questions, formal models and empirical work. But we are also welcoming papers based on statistical or neural models, provided their main goal is to bring new insights regarding inquisitiveness.

Here are some examples of questions of interest:

  • Which operators (connectives, quantifiers, modals, conditionals) generate inquisitiveness?
  • How do these operators project the inquisitive content of their arguments?
    • e.g. what triggers maximality, exhaustivity or uniqueness of readings?
  • How does inquisitive content interact with informative content in compositional semantics?
    • e.g. how do interrogative words interact with negative polarity items, free choice items, indefinites or plurality?
  • How do conventions of use interact with inquisitive content?
    • e.g. how can non-answering responses (e.g. clarification questions) be handled?
  • In which ways is pragmatics sensitive to inquisitive content?
    • e.g. how does answer bias and ignorance inferences arise?
  • What kind of discourse anaphora are licensed by inquisitive expressions?
    • e.g. does dynamic inquisitive semantics manage to correctly derive donkey anaphora?


Papers should describe original research and must not exceed 8 pages (not counting acknowledgement, references and appendices). Accepted papers get an extra page in the camera-ready version.

Submitted papers should be formatted following the common two-column structure as used by ACL. Please use the specific style-files or the Overleaf template for IWCS 2023 (taken from ACL 2021). Initial submissions should be fully anonymous to ensure double-blind reviewing.

Submission link on SoftConf :


The proceedings will be published in the ACL anthology.

Invited speakers

Programme committee


Contact: valentin(dot)richard(at)


We thank NWO for financing this workshop.

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