The National University of Singapore will host a two-day Workshop on Approaches to Wh-Intervention, June 6–7, 2019. All are welcome to attend.

This workshop centers around a discussion of so-called “intervention effects” in wh-questions (Beck 1996, 2006, and many others), where certain quantificational elements are banned from preceding or scoping over an in-situ wh-word. Theories of this sort of effect differ considerably in exactly what the effect is attributed to, and how the phenomenon is related to other intervention configurations.

The workshop will bring together researchers active in this domain, aiming to define and delimit the domains of such phenomena, and to foster the cross-pollination of ideas between leading scholars of the topic. We are pleased to welcome the following invited speakers for six plenary talks which will present various perspectives on the problem:

  • Sigrid Beck (Tübingen)
  • Kenyon Branan (NUS) & Norvin Richards (MIT)
  • Jessica Coon (McGill) & Stefan Keine (USC)
  • Hadas Kotek (Yale)
  • Satoshi Tomioka (Delaware)
  • Ming Xiang (Chicago)

Call for Papers

We welcome contributions from scholars on this topic: work that allows us to properly delimit the domains of intervention phenomena, and how novel data and/or methods might allow us to decide between different types of theories. Limited space is available for short talks (30 minutes, including questions) to be presented. Please send abstracts (up to two pages) to by March 31, 2019.


Kenyon Branan and Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine


We gratefully acknowledge support by the Singapore Ministry of Education and the Department of English Language & Literature at the National University of Singapore for supporting this Workshop.