Magdalena Kaufmann (prev. Magdalena Schwager/Scheiner)'s Research

Note on what's in a name: Publications should be referred to by the name under which they were published. Regarding the older publications, I'm always extremely grateful for pointers that mention the new name in addition (e.g. `as Kaufmann claimed/argued/etc. in Schwager (YEAR)') to help minimize confusion - space permitting, of course.

Areas of Interest

I am interested in many areas of formal semantics, as well as its interfaces to syntax, pragmatics, and philosophy. In particular, I have worked on:

While being a formal semanticist, I also have a strong interest in specific natural languages, in particular, my native language German, as well as English, Italian, Japanese, Tagalog, and Hungarian.

Publications & Presentations


Magdalena Kaufmann (2012) Interpreting Imperatives . Springer. (Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy 88).
(Revised version of doctoral dissertation, submitted and defended 2006 under the name of Magdalena Schwager, University of Frankfurt).

Articles & Manuscripts

As Magdalena Kaufmann:

(under review) [with Sanae Tamura] "Possibility and necessity: deontic and epistemic."
In Takubo, Yukinori and Wesley Jacobsen. Handbook of Japanese Semantics and Pragmatics (Mouton Handbooks on Japanese Language and Linguistics).

(t.a.) "What `may' and `must' may be in Japanese". In Funakoshi, Kenshi, Kawahara, Shigeto and Chris Tancredi (eds.) Japanese/Korean Linguistics 24.

(2017) [with Stefan Kaufmann] "Stativity and progressive: The case of Japanese tokoro-da" Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21. [preprint]

(2016) "Free choice as a form of dependence"
Natural Language Semantics 24:3; pp. 247-290.

(2016) "Fine-tuning natural language imperatives"
Journal of Logic and Computation. First published online, June 18, 2016, doi:10.1093/logcom/exw009 .

(2016) [with Stefan Kaufmann] "Mood and Modality."
In Nuyts, Jan and Johan van der Auwera. Handbook. Berlin: de Gruyter.

(2015) [with Stefan Kaufmann] "Conditionals and Modality"
In Fox, Chris and Lappin, Shalom Semantics Handbook. Wiley-Blackwell.

(2015) [with Adrian Stegovec] "Slovenian imperatives: You can't always embed what you want!"In: Proceedings of SuB 19.

(2015) [with Ting Xu] "Almost or almost not? The interaction between chayidian `almost' and negation in Mandarin Chinese"
In: Proceedings of CLS 49.

(2013) [with Claudia Poschmann] "Embedded Imperatives and Echo-Questions." Language 89:3, pp. 619-637.

(2013) [with Fabrizio Cariani and Stefan Kaufmann] "Deliberative Modality under Epistemic Uncertainty". Linguistics and Philosophy.

(2013) "Satztyp und Semantik."
In Altmann, Hans, Meibauer, Jörg, and Markus Steinbach. Handbuch Satztypen. Berlin: de Gruyter.

(2012) [with Stefan Kaufmann] Epistemic particles and performativity. In: Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 22. pp. 208--225.

As Magdalena Schwager:

(2011) "Imperatives and tense." In Musan, Renate and Monika Rathert. Tense Across Languages. Niemeyer. pp. 37--58.

Speaking of qualities. In: Proceedings of SALT 19. CLC Publications. pp. 395--412. (bib)

(2011) [with Stefan Kaufmann] A Unified Analysis of Conditional Imperatives. In: Proceedings of SALT 19. CLC Publications. pp. 239-256. (bib)

(2010) "Modality and speech acts: troubled by German ruhig" In Aloni, Maria and Schulz, Katrin. Proceedings of the 17th Amsterdam Colloquium. Amsterdam: ILLC.

(2010) "On what has been said in Tagalog: Reportative 'daw'". To appear in Sauerland, Dechaine, Schenner and Peterson, "Proceedings of the Workshop 'Evidentiality' at GLOW 2008." UBC Working Papers in Linguistics.

(2009) [with Elena Castroviejo-Miro] "Amazing DPs" in: Proceedings of SALT 18. CLC Publications.

(2009) What is amazement all about? In: Proceedings of SuB 13. Hg. von Arndt Riester. Stuttgart: OPUS.

(2008) "Keeping Prices Low: an Answer to a Concealed Question" in: "Proceedings of SuB 12" Hg. von Atle Grønn. Oslo: ILOS.

(2007) "Bodyguards under Cover" in: "Proceedings of SALT 17." In Masayuki Gibson et al., CLC Publications.

(2007) "Conditionalized Imperatives" in: "Proceedings of SALT 16." In Christopher Tancredi et al., CLC Publications.

(2005) "Exhaustive Imperatives" in: Proceedings of the 15th Amsterdam Colloquium, December 19-21, 2005. In Paul Dekker and Michael Franke. Paper, Handout

(2005) "Permitting Permissions" in: Proceedings of the Tenth ESSLLI Student Session. In Judit Gervain. paper (leicht revidiert), handout

(2004) "Negating and Conjoining Imperatives" in: Proceedings of Console XII (2003). In Sylvia Blaho, Luis Vicente und Mark de Vos. Onlinepublikation

(2003) "Temporal Anchoring of Habituals" in: Proceedings of Console XI (2002). In Marjo von Koppen, Joanna Sio und Mark de Vos. Onlinepublikation

(2002) "Temporale Verankerung habitueller Sätze"
Magisterarbeit Universität Wien (Betreuer
Martin Prinzhorn und Arnim von Stechow) manuscript (pdf, 867KB)

(1999) "Development of the German Future Periphrasis" In: Wiener Linguistische Gazette.

Selected Presentations

As Magdalena Kaufmann:

(2017) "Iffy Endorsements", Workshop Questioning Speech Acts, University of Konstanz, September. Slides

(2017) [with Adrian Stegovec] "Imperatives - relatively Slovenian", Workshop Relative Clauses, Frankfurt University, May.

(2017) "Deontic logic for non-logical conditionals", Semantics/Pragmatics Workshop, Rutgers University, May.

(2016) [with Stefan Kaufmann] "Stativity and progessive: the case of Japanese `tokoro da'", Sinn und Bedeutung 21, University of Edinburgh, September.

(2016) "What `may' and `must' may be in Japanese", Keynote talk at 24th Japanese/Korean Linguistics, NINJAL, Tokio, October.

(2016) [with S. Kaufmann] "Stativity and Progressive The case of Japanese tokoro da", Sinn und Bedeutung 21, September.

(2016) "Embedded imperatives", Workshop Imperatives: Worlds and Beyond. Hamburg University, June.

(2016) "Models for natural language meaning", Keynote talk at the Annual Symposium of the Association of Symbolic Logic (ASL). University of Connecticut, May.

(2016) "2016 Speech acts: the view from linguistics", NYU Philosophy of Language Colloquium, NYU, May.

(2016) "Free choice and other reasons for disjunctions", Harvard Linguistics Colloquium Circle, February 12.

(2016) "Discourse particle `ruhig': discourse effects, desires, and modality", 3rd Workshop on the Semantics of Discourse Particles in East and Southeast Asian Languages, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, January 9-10.

(2016) "Japanese modality: the view from formal semantics", Ritsumeikan University, December 17.

(2015) "Presupposing - expressive - speech acts", CREST international workshop on formal and computational semantics, Kyoto University, Nov 21.

(2015) "It depends on `It depends on'", Invited talk at LENLS 12, Nov 15-17.

(2015) "Imperatives embedded in discourse", Kyoto Workshop on Linguistics and Philosophy: Evidence and Inference: the foundation of linguistics and philosophy, Kyoto University, Oct 31 - Nov 1.

(2015) "Imperative semantics", Tutorial for ILCAA Joint Research Project Semantics of Discourse Particles in East and Southeast Asian Languages, Meeting 2, TUFS University, Tokyo, Oct 17-18.

(2015) "Locating events in time and across worlds: the case of tokoro da", Talk at Meikai University, Tokyo, Sep 14.

(2015) "Talk about embedding", Workshop Speech Acts, ZAS Berlin, June 11-13.

(2015) "Embedded imperatives across languages", Colloquium, UMass, April 21.

(2015) "Free choice as a form of dependence", Brown bag talk, Brown University, April 8.

(2014) "Embedded imperatives across languages: Evidence against monoliths", Colloquium, Rutgers University, November 21.

(2014) "Look for a sweater or find the missing screw, Mr. X!", Carpentry: Colloquium in Honor of Thomas Ede Zimmermann's 60th Birthday, Frankfurt University, September 29.

(2014) "Fine-tuning natural language imperatives: between logic and linguistics", Plenary talk at DEON 2014, Universiteit Gent, July 12-15. Slides

(2014) "Embedded imperatives across languages: Too rare to expect, too frequent to ban", Colloquium, Department of Linguistics, SUNY Stony Brook, April 4. Handout

(2013) "Imperatives, disjunction, free choice, and what it all depends on." Colloquium, Cornell University, November 7.

(2013) "Discourse particle ruhig: discourse effects, desires, and modality". 3rd Cornell Workshop in Linguistics and Philsophy Modal Talk and Reasoning, November 9-10.

(2013) "Embedded Imperatives across Languages: too rare to expect, too frequent to ban". Mini-Workshop on Syntax and Semantics: Imperatives, Embeddability, and Politeness, Yale University, October 17.

(2013) [with Stefan Kaufmann] "Information dependence in conditionalized prioritizing modality". Workshop Modality as a Window on Cognition, ICL19, Geneva, July 23.

(2013) [with Yukinori Takubo and Stefan Kaufmann] "The Japanese Marker 'tokoro da': A case study in time and modality". Workshop Modality as a Window on Cognition, ICL19, Geneva, July 22.

(2013) "Imperatives and (Im)perfect Information". Invited Talk, Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen, May 27.

(2013) "Imperatives and (Im)perfect Information". Invited Talk, Frankfurt University, May 23.

(2012) "The modal operator theory of imperatives: Revisiting assets and drawbacks". Invited Talk, MIT, Novemeber 26.

(2012) "Questioning Imperatives". Workshop 'Alternatives and Modality', Gö:ttingen University, July 19.

(2012) "Imperatives and Imperfect Information". Workshop 'Relating Particles to Evidence and Inference', Göttingen University, July 13-14.

(2012) "Questioning Imperatives". Invited Talk, University of Connecticut, February 3.

(2011) "Particles and Performativity". Workshop Particles and Speech Acts, Hongkong City University, October 14.

As Magdalena Schwager:

(2011) "Imperatives between Form and Function". Phling-Talk, Northwestern University (February).

(2010) [with Stefan Kaufmann] "Respecting Rights". Szklarska Poreba Workshop, Szklarska Poreba (PL) (March).

(2010) [with Stefan Kaufmann] "Awareness, Information, and Action". Particle Workshop, University of Göttingen (March).

(2010) "Imperatives as Moody Modals". University of Chicago (February).

(2009) "Modality and speech acts: troubled by German `ruhig'." Amsterdam Colloquium 9, University of Amsterdam (December).

(2009) "Modality and speech acts: troubled by German modal particle `ruhig'." LENLS, Tokyo (November).

(2009) "Imperatives as Moody Modals". Workshop on Clause Types, University of Frankfurt (June).

(2009) [with Eric McCready] "Intensifiers". Workshop Expressive Meaning, DGfS Osnabrück (March).

(2008) [with Claudia Poschmann] "(Un)Quoted Imperatives", Talk at ICQM2, Berlin, October 16-18. handout

(2007) "Keeping Prices Low", Talk at SuB 12, Oslo, September 20-22. abstract, handout

(2007) "Bodyguards under cover: The status of individual concepts", Talk at SALT XVII, UConn, May 10-13. handout, presentation

(2007) "(Non-)Functional Concepts: Definite Articles in Bavarian", Talk at the 8th Szklarska Poreba Workshop. (presentation)

(2007) "Definitheitsmarkierer im Bayrischen", Talk at Workshop "Definiteness", University of Stuttgart, January 26.

(2007) "Change under cover: The status of individual concepts", Talk at Stuttgart University, January 25.

(2006) "What mayors, strikers and bodyguards might tell us about individual concepts", DIP-talk, ILLC Amsterdam, December 15.

(2006) "The Topic Has Changed: On Functional Concepts", Semantiknetzwerk VI, Barcelona, September 19-20.

(2006) "Living on the Addressee", Workshop "How to refer to one's own words" in honour of Anita Mittwoch, Berlin, July 11-15.

(2005) "Conditionalized Imperatives", accepted for Colloque de Syntaxe et Semantique a Paris, 30.9.-1.10.2005.

(2004) "Right-Node Raising und Boolsche Algebra", Österreichische Linguisitiktagung, November 2004.

(2004) [mit Hans-Martin Gärtner] "Pseudo-Coordination meets the type-force square", Workshop Mood and (In-)Subordination, 5.-7. 11. 2004.

(2004) "Don't be late or you'll miss the first slot", NASSLLI 2004 Student Session, UCLA, 21.6.2004.Handout (leicht revidiert)

(2004) "Satztyp und oder - Zu nicht-kanonischen Imperativen", Linguistischer Arbeitskreis des IDSL Universität Köln, 9.6.2004 [eingeladener Gastvortrag]

(2004) "Wie pseudo sind Pseudo-Imperative", GGS Mannheim 21.-23.5.2004.

(2004) "Conditional Imperatives", Semantikzirkel ZAS, Berlin 23.2. 2004 [eingeladener Gastvortrag]

(2003) "Warum man Imperative (nicht) einbetten kann", Klausurtagung GK Satzarten der Universität Frankfurt/ZAS Berlin, 7.11.2003. handout

(2003) "Fragt und kritisiert nicht!", GGS Köln, 29.5. - 1.6. 2003

(2002) "Habitualität und Ereignisquantifikation", Österreichische Linguistiktagung (Innsbruck, 7.-8. 12. 2002)

(2002) "Habituelle Sätze und Ereignisqunatifikation - Evidenz von temporaler Verankerung", GGS Frankfurt, 10.-12. 5. 2002.


(2004) "Why Imperatives can(not) embed",
Poster bei Georgetown University Round Table, Washington 27.-29.3.2004. poster

Former Projects

Noun phrases in intensional contexts, Free-Floater Group, University of Göttingen.

Relativsätze und Intensionalität (Relative Clauses and Intensionality), DFG Forschergruppe 1783 Relativsätze, University of Göttingen/Frankfurt University.

CRC `Text Structures', University of Göttingen.

Speech Acts and Particles, DAAD-Cooperation HongKong-Germany [with Yurie Hara, City University of Hong Kong].