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Semantics U-name-it at Rutgers


Welcome to SURGE! SURGE is the semantics reading group. What do we usually do?

  • attend talks given by invited speakers
  • practice presentations if you need to present in a conference or somewhere
  • present your work, discuss with other semanticists and get feedbacks
  • get free food!



Wenyue Hua (

Ang Li (


Meetings for this semester:

January 24th, 2020: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Talk: Wenyue Hua (Rutgers University). Free Choice Reading of Generic Sentences with Events


Feb. 8, 2019
Lydia Newkirk: The subjunctive in Italian adjuncts (and elsewhere)

Feb. 22, 2019
Ang Li

Mar. 1, 2019
Portner (1998): The progressive in modal semantics

Mar. 29, 2019
MACSIM Practice talks

Apr. 12, 2019
Sreekar Raghotham

Apr. 19, 2019
Meg Gotowski

Apr. 26, 2019
Wenyue Hua

May 3, 2019
Chaoyi Chen, Akane Ohtaka

September 6th, 2019: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Talk: Morgan (Rutgers University). Resolving (non-)exhaustivity in questions with cues to the speaker’s goal.

September 20th, 2019: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Talk: Augustina (Rutgers University). Anaphoricity Marking in Akan.

October 18th, 2019: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Talk: Natasha (Rutgers University). The Syntax and Semantics of “have gotten”.

October 25th, 2019: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Talk: Peter Alrenga (Rutgers University). On the modal variation inferences of superlative modifiers:  Scalar operators and their quantificational subdomains.

Nov 1th, 2019: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Talk: Meg & Kristen (Rutgers University). Investigating the Hypothesis Space for Children’s Interpretations of Comparatives.

Nov 8th, 2019: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Talk: Dr. Masha Esipova (Princeton University). Emotion and Composition.

Nov 19th, 2019: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Talk: Prof. Floris Roelofsen (Institute of Logic, Language and Information, University of Amsterdam). Interacting alternatives: referential indeterminacy and questions.

Dec 6th, 2019: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Talk: Lydia Newkirk (Rutgers University). Focused investigation of Modality in African Languages.

Dec 12th, 2019: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Talk: Julian Grove (Chicago University). Satisfaction without provisos.