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dr. H.W. (Hendrik) Zeevat

  • Faculty of Humanities
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to appear in Bidirection volume

paper given at Szklarska Poreba March 2009

to appear

p 76-88 in Joergen Villadsen and Henning Christiansen (eds.) Constraints in Language Porcessing (CSLP 2008). Roskilde University, Computer Science Research Report 122, 2008.

2008 pp. 87-105 In: Istvan Kecskes and Jacob Mey (eds.). Intention, Common Ground and the Egocentric Speaker-Hearer. Mouton de Gruyter.

2007 With Katja Jasinskaja. In: Language, Representation and Reasoning. Memorial Volume for Isabel Gomez Txurruka. Mixel Aurarnague. Kepa Korta and Jesus M. Larrazabal (eds.) Bilbao: UPV-EHU, 2007

p 191-214 in Bergljot Behrens and Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen (eds.)
Structuring Information in Discourse: The explicit/implicit distinction. OSLA vol.1 (1). University of Oslo.

2007 With Elena Karagjosova. The History and Grammaticalisation of "Doch"/Toch". In: electronic proceedingsofFSIM2

2007/1994  In Aloni, Butler and Dekker, Dynamic Approaches to Questions. CRISPI, Elsevier2007 (edited reprint of Zeevat 1994)

2007 In: Bouma, Kraemer and Zwarts (eds). Cognitive Foundations of Interpretation.

2006 (with David Beaver) In: Ramchand and Reiss  (eds. )OxfordHandbook of Linguistic Interfaces.

2006  In: Linguistics.

2006  In Theoretical Linguistics.

2006  In Solstad, Groen and Haug (ed.). A Festschrift for Kjell-Johan Saeboe. Oslo University.

2006  In: Cangelosi, Smith and Smith (eds.) The Evolution of Language. World Scientific.

2006  In K. Fischer (ed.) Approaches to discourse particles. Elsevier 2006.

2005  Proceedings LTC2, Poznan.

2004 Journal of Semantics 21, 2, p. 95-113.

2004.  Proceedings Sinn and Bedeutung

2003 Markednesses. Proceedings Tbilisi  Sympsium on LLC.


Optimality Theory and Pragmatics. Blutner & Zeevat eds.) Palgrave-McMillan 2003.

Particles: presupposition triggers or context markers

in: Optimality Theory and Pragmatics. Blutner & Zeevat eds.) Palgrave-McMillan 2003.

Markedness andEconomy on Signs

In: Spenader (ed) Proceedings Variation within Optimality Theory. Stockholm, Linguistics Department, April 2002.

Double Bias

In: Alberti, Balogh and Dekker (ed.) Proceedings of the Seventh Symposium on Logic and Language. Pecs 2002. p. 173-181

(with Gerd Jaeger).A Statistical Reinterpretation ofHarmonic Alignment.

In: De Jongh, Nilsenova andZeevat (eds.) Proceedings of the 4th Tblisi Symposium on Logic, Language and Linguistics. Amsterdam/Tblisi 2002.

The Asymmetry of Optimality Theoretic Syntax andSemantics.

Journal of Semantics 2001.

Discourse Particles as Speech Act Markers.

In LDV-Forum 17, 1/2, 2000. p. 74-91.

Explaining Presupposition Triggers


Demonstratives in Discourse

Journal of Semantics

Meaning in Micro-Communities

Change Workshop Konstanz April 99. Appeared in Workshop proceedings

Semantics in Optimality Theory

Appeared in Optimality Theoretic Semantics, OTS preprint, University of Utrecht 2000.

Demonstrative on Graphics

Demonstrative Workshop ESSLI 99

Old Material

Presupposition Workshop ESSLI 99

Contracts in the CommonGround.

Proceedings Twendial 1998

Thecommon groundin linguistics.


A Neoclassical Analysis of Belief Sentences

In: Proceedings of the 10th Amsterdam Colloquium. ILLC, University of Amsterdam, 1996, part III, p. 723-742.

Minimal Sorts for Interpreting Pictures

(with Dejuan Wang)

The Mechanics ofthe Counterpart Relation.

ESSLLI volume

Idiomatic Blocking and the Elsewhere Principle

In: Everaert, van der Linden, Schenk and Schreuder (eds.). Idioms.Structural and Psychological Perspectives. Lawrence Erlbaum 1995, p. 301-317.

Questions and Exhaustivity in Update Semantics

In: Bunt,H., R. Muskens & G. Rentier (eds.) Proceedings of the International Workshop on Computational Semantics, ITK, Tilburg,1994. p. 211-221

Applying an Exhaustivity Operator in Update Semantics

In H. Kamp (ed.) Ellipsis, Tense and Questions.DYANA-2 deliverable R 2.2.b , ILLC, Amsterdam 1994.

A Speculation on Certain Presupposition Triggers.

PeterBosch& Rob van der Sandt (eds.) Focus & Natural Language Processing. IBM Working Papers of the Institute for Logic and Linguistics 8, Heidelberg 1994, vol 2,p.669-676.

A Syntax-Directed Approach to Picture Semantics

(withDejuan Wang)

1992Presuppositionand Accommodation in Update Semantics.

Journal of Semantics 9 (1992), p. 379-412.


  • Zeevat, H. W., Grimm, S., Hogeweg, L., Lestrade, S. A. M., & Allyn Smith, E. (2017). Representing the lexicon: Identifying meaning in use via overspecification. In K. Balogh, & W. Petersen (Eds.), Bridging formal and conceptual semantics. Selected papers of BRIDGE-14 (pp. 153-186). Düsseldorf: Dusseldorf University Press.


  • Zeevat, H. (2015). Perspectives on Bayesian Natural Language Semantics and Pragmatics. In H. Zeevat, & H-C. Schmitz (Eds.), Bayesian Natural Language Semantics and Pragmatics (pp. 1-24). (Language, Cognition, and Mind; Vol. 2). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-17064-0_1  [details] 


  • Zeevat, H. W. (2014). Language Production and Interpretation. Linguistics meets Cognition. (CRISPI). Leiden: Jacob Brill.



  • Zeevat, H. W. (2012). Bayesian Interpretation and Optimality Theory. In A. Benz, & J. Mattausch (Eds.), Bidirectional Optimality Theory (pp. 191-219). Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Zeevat, H. W. (2012). Objection Marking and Additivity. Lingua, 122(15), 1886-1898. DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2012.08.013 
  • Zeevat, H. W. (2012). Pragmatics in Update Semantics. In K. Allen, & K. Jasczolt (Eds.), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Pragmatics (pp. 191-208). Cambridge: CUP.
  • Zeevat, H. W., & Winterstein, G. (2012). Empirical Constraints on Accounts of Too. Lingua, 122(15), 1787-1800. DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2012.08.003 




  • Zeevat, H. (2009). "Only" as a mirative particle. Sprache und Datenverarbeitung, 33, 179-196. [details] 
  • Zeevat, H. (2009). Optimal interpretation as an alternative to Gricean pragmatics. Oslo Studies in Language, 1(1), 191-216. [details] 


  • Zeevat, H. (2008). Constructive optimality theoretic syntax. In J. Villadsen, & H. Christiansen (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Constraints and Language Processing (CSLP 2008) (pp. 76-88). Roskilde: Roskilde University, Computer Science. [details] 
  • Zeevat, H. (2008). Where is pragmatics in optimality theory? In I. Kecskes, & J. Mey (Eds.), Intention, common ground and the egocentric speaker-hearer (pp. 87-104). (Mouton series in pragmatics; No. 4). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. [details] 
  • Jasinskaja, K., & Zeevat, H. (2008). Explaining additive, adversative and contrast marking in Russian and English. Revue de Semantique et Pragmatique, 24, 65-91. [details] 


  • Zeevat, H. W. (2007). Exhaustivity, Questions and Plurals in Update Semantics. In Aloni, Butler, & Dekker (Eds.), Dynamic Approaches to Questions (pp. 161-193). Elsevier.
  • Zeevat, H. W. (2007). Simulating recruitment in evolution. In G. Bouma, I. Kraemer, & J. Zwarts (Eds.), Cognitive Foundations of Interpretation (pp. 175-194). Amsterdam: KNAW.
  • Zeevat, H. W., & Jasinskaja, K. (2007). "And" as an additive particle. In M. Aurarnague, K. Korta, & J. Larrazabal (Eds.), Language, Representation and Reasoning. Memorial Volume for Isabel Gomez Txurruka. (pp. 315-340). Bilbao: UPV-EHU.
  • Zeevat, H. W., & Beaver, D. I. (2007). Presupposition Accommodation. In Ramchand, & Reiss (Eds.), Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces (pp. 503-539). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


  • Zeevat, H. W. (2006). A dynamic approach to discourse particles. In K. Fischer (Ed.), Approaches to Discourse Particles (pp. 133-148). Amsterdam: Elsevier Ltd.
  • Zeevat, H. W. (2006). Freezing and Marking. Linguistics, 44(5-2006), 1095-1111. DOI: 10.1515/LING.2006.035 
  • Zeevat, H. W. (2006). Pragmatics: Optimality Theory. In K. Brown (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (pp. 47-51). Oxford: Elsevier. [details] 
  • Zeevat, H. W. (2006). Strategies for Specifying Relations. In T. Solstad, A. Groenn, & D. Haug (Eds.), A Festschrift for Kjell-Johann Saeboe (pp. 199-210). Oslo: Universitetet i Oslo.
  • Alonso i Alemany, L., & Zeevat, H. W. (2006). Introduction. Sprache und Datenverarbeitung, 30(1-2006), 5-7.


  • Zeevat, H. W. (2013). Implicit Probabilities in Update Semantics. In M. Aloni, M. Franke, & F. Roelofsen (Eds.), Festschrift for Jeroen Groenendijk, Martin Stokhof, and Frank Veltman Amsterdam: ILLC.


  • Blutner, R., & Zeevat, H. (2009). Optimality-theoretic pragmatics. In A. Benz, & R. Blutner (Eds.), Papers on pragmasemantics (pp. 1-25). (ZAS papers in linguistics (ZASPiL); No. 51). Berlin: Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS). [details] 
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