Clemens Steiner-Mayr

(publishes as Mayr)

Professor of Semantics and Pragmatics

Teaching at the University of Göttingen since 2017.

Academic Qualification:

  • Habilitation at the department of German language and linguistics, Humbold-Universität zu Berlin, 2017
  • Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics, Harvard University, 2010
  • Mag. phil. in General Linguistics and Russian, University of Vienna, 2005

Previous Positions:

  • Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (04/2016 - )
    PI in the project "Semantic constraints on interrogative embedding"
  • Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (04/2013 - 03/2016)
    PI in the project "Questions and entailment"
  • Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (10/2012 - 03/2013)
    Emmy Noether Group "Interpretation of quantifiers"
  • University of Potsdam (04/2012 - 09/2012)
    Replacement of professor position in semantics
  • Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (07/2010 - 09/2012)
    Emmy Noether Group "Interpretation of quantifiers"


  • to appear (w. Ekaterina Vostrikova) A unified semantics for exceptive-additive besides, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 27
  • to appear (w. Petra Augurzky, Marion Bonnet, Richard Breheny, Alexandre Cremers, Cornelia Ebert, Jacopo Romoli, Markus Steinbach, Yasutada Sudo) Putting plural definites into context, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 27
  • accpt. Alternative questions in a trivalent semantics, Journal of Semantics
  • 2021 Intervention Effects: "How many books did you not read?", Companion to Semantics, L. Matthewson, C. Meier, H. Rullmann, T.E. Zimmermann, Wiley
  • 2020 Intervention effects with negation, The Oxford Handbook of Negation, V. Déprez, M.T. Espinal, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • 2019 Triviality and interrogative embedding: context-sensitivity, factivity, neg-raising, Natural Language Semantics, 27/3, 227-278
  • 2019 On a seemingly nonexistent cumulative reading, Snippets 37, 65-66
  • 2018 Predicting polar question embedding, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21(2), 863-880. 21. R. Truswell (ed.). University of Edinburgh
  • 2017 (w. Edwin Williams). 11-11-17. Festschrift für Martin Prinzhorn. Vienna: Wiener Linguistische Gazette
  • 2017 (w. Viola Schmitt) Asymmetric coordination , The Wiley companion to syntax, second edition, M. Everaert and H. v. Riemsdijk, 392-423, John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ
  • 2016 (w. Jacopo Romoli) A puzzle for theories of redundancy: exhaustification, incrementality, and the notion of local context, Semantics & Pragmatics 9/7, 1-48
  • 2016 (w. Jacopo Romoli) Satisfied or exhaustifed: An ambiguity account of the proviso-problem. Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 26. M. Moroney, C.-R. Little, J. Collard & D. Burgdorf (eds.). Ithaca, NY: CLS Publications
  • 2015 (w. Uli Sauerland) Accommodation and the Strongest Meaning Hypothesis. Proceedings of the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium, T. Brochhagen, F. Roelofsen & Nadine Theiler (eds.), 276-285. Amsterdam: ILLC
  • 2015 Plural definite NPs presuppose multiplicity via embedded exhaustification, Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 25, S. D'Antonio & M. Wiegand (eds.), 204-224. Ithaca, NY: CLC Publications
  • 2015 (w. Karolina Zuchewicz) Exhaustification of Polish disjunctive questions, Proceedings of NELS 45, T. Bui & Ozıldız (eds.), 179-192. Amherst, MA: GLSA
  • 2014 Intervention effects and additivity, Journal of Semantics 31, 513-554
  • 2013 On the consequences of an alternative semantics for the analysis of intervention effects, Alternatives in Semantics, A. Falaus (ed.), 123-149, Houndsville: Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2013 Implicatures of modified numerals, From Grammar to Meaning: the spontaneous logicality of language, I. Caponigro and C. Cecchetto (eds.), 139-171, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • 2013 Downward monotonicity in questions, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 17, E. Chemla, V. Homer & Grégoire Winterstein (eds.), 345-362. Paris: ENS
  • 2012 Focusing bound pronouns, Natural Language Semantics, 20/3, 299-348
  • 2011 Licensing focus on pronouns and the correct formulation of AvoidF, Empirical Issues in Formal Syntax and Semantics 8, O. Bonami and P. Cabredo Hofherr (eds.), 359-381
  • 2011 (w. Benjamin Spector) Not Too Strong! Generalizing the Scope Economy condition, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 14, M. Prinzhorn, V. Schmitt & S. Zobel (eds.), 305-321
  • 2010 On the Necessity of phi-features: The Case of Bavarian Subject Extraction, in Phoevos Panagiotidis (ed.) The Complementizer Phase: Subjects and wh-dependencies, 117-142, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • 2010 Contrastive salient alternatives: focus on bound pronouns, Semantics and Linguistic Theory 20, N. Li and D. Lutz (eds.), 161-178. Ithaca, NY: CLC Publications
  • 2009 Stylistic Inversion, Symmetry, and In-situ Subjects, in Proceedings from the Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society 43/2 2007, 185-199
  • 2008 (with Viola Schmitt) On Extending the Application Domain of the CSC, in Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, eds. Natasha Abner and Jason Bishop, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 318-325
  • 2008 On the lack of subject-object asymmetries, in Proceedings of PLC 31, eds. Josh Tauberer, Aviad Eilam, and Laurel MacKenzie, 283-296