Works in progress


  • Uegaki, Wataru. *The informativeness/complexity trade-off in the domain of Boolean connectives [PDF]


  • Uegaki, Wataru. under contract and manuscript submitted. Question orientedness and the semantics of clausal complementation. Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy series, Springer.

Published or accepted works

Refereed articles in journals

  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2020. The existential/uniqueness presupposition of wh-complements projects from the answers. Linguistics and Philosophy Online First. [DOI] (Open access)
  • Cremers, Alexandre, Floris Roelofsen and Wataru Uegaki. 2019. Distributive ignorance inferences with wonder and believe. Semantics & Pragmatics 12. [DOI] (Open access)
  • Uegaki, Wataru and Yasutada Sudo. 2019. The *hope-wh puzzle. Natural Language Semantics. 23(4):323–356 [DOI] (Open access)
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2019. The semantics of question-embedding predicates. Language and Linguistics Compass. 13(1). [DOI] (Open access)
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2018. A unified semantics for the Japanese Q-particle ka in indefinites, questions and disjunctions. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. 3(1), 14. [DOI] (Open access)
  • Elliott, Patrick D., Nathan Klinedinst, Yasutada Sudo and Wataru Uegaki. 2017. Predicates of relevance and theories of question embedding. Journal of Semantics 34(3): 547–554. [DOI]
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2016. Content nouns and the semantics of question-embedding. Journal of Semantics 33(4): 623-660. [DOI]

Papers in conference proceedings, edited volumes and book reviews

  • Uegaki, Wataru. Non-local use of the Japanese excessive marker sugi as an overtly QRed degree quantifier. R. Okabe, J. Yashima, Y. Kubota and T. Isono eds., The Joy and Enjoyment of Linguistic Research: A Festschrift for Takane Ito.
  • Roelofsen, Floris and Wataru Uegaki. 2021. Searching for a universal constraint on the possible denotations of clause-embedding predicates. Proceedings of SALT 30. [DOI]
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2020. Review of Composing questions (by Hadas Kotek). Language 96(4): 946–951. [URL]
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2018. On the projection of the presupposition of embedded questions. Proceedings of SALT 28. [DOI]
  • Uegaki, Wataru and Floris Roelofsen. 2018. Do modals take propositions or sets of propositions? Evidence from Japanese darou. Proceedings of SALT 28. [DOI]
  • Uegaki, Wataru and Yasutada Sudo. 2017. The anti-rogativity of non-veridical preferential predicates. Proceedings of Amsterdam Colloquium 2017. [PDF]
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2016. Japanese alternative questions and a unified in-situ semantics for ka. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21. [PDF]
  • Roelofsen, Floris and Wataru Uegaki. 2016. The distributive ignorance puzzle. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21. [PDF]
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2014. Cross-linguistic variation in the derivation of alternative questions: Japanese and beyond. In Uli Sauerland and Luka Crnič (eds.), The Art and Craft of Semantics: A Festschrift for Irene Heim, 251-274. Cambridge, MA: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics. [PDF]
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2014. Predicting the distribution of exhaustive inference in a QUD model. Proceedings of NELS 44. [PDF]
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2014. Japanese alternative questions are disjunctions of polar questions. Proceedings of SALT 24. [DOI]
  • Uegaki, Wataru and Paul Marty. 2013. Investigating the alternative-sensitivity of “know”. Proceedings of SALT 23. [DOI]
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2012. Inquisitive knowledge attribution and the Gettier problem. In Maria Aloni, Floris Roelofsen, Katrin Schulz, Galit Weidmann-Sassoon & Matthijs Westera (eds.), Logic, Language and Meaning: Selected Revised Papers from the 18th Amsterdam Colloquium. LNAI, LNCS, Springer. [DOI]
  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2011. ‘Nearly free’ control as an underspecified de se report. Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 8: 511-536. [PDF]
  • Kubota, Yusuke and Wataru Uegaki. 2009. Nothing else for something else: a variable-free account. Proceedings of SALT 19. [DOI]
  • Kubota, Yusuke and Wataru Uegaki. 2009. Continuation-based semantics for Conventional Implicatures: The case of Japanese benefactives. Proceedings of SALT 19. [DOI]

PhD dissertation

  • Uegaki, Wataru. 2015. Interpreting questions under attitudes, PhD dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [DSpace link]

Other manuscripts (available upon request)

  • Uegaki, Wataru. Ms. Predicting the exhaustivity of embedded questions under factive predicates.
  • Uegaki, Wataru. Ms. Hamblin semantics for Telugu wh-indeterminates and correlatives, MIT.
  • Uegaki, Wataru. Ms. A scale-based semantics for Japanese resultatives.
  • Uegaki, Wataru. Ms. [r]-epenthesis in Fukuoka Japanese verbal inflection. Generals Paper, MIT.