Links to papers (and some other outputs), many co-authored by Jeroen Groenendijk.

Philosophy of semantics

  1. ‘Can natural language be captured in a formal system?’
    In: S.O. Hanson, V. Hendricks and E. Kjeldahl (eds), Introduction to Formal Philosophy, Berlin/NewYork, Springer, 2018, pp. 273-288 [.pdf]
  2. ‘What cost naturalism?’ [with Michiel van Lambalgen]
    In: K. Balogh and W. Petersen (eds), Bridging Formal and Conceptual Semantics. Selected papers of BRIDGE-14, Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf University Press, 2016, pp. 89–117 [.pdf]
  3. ‘Arguing about dynamic meaning’
    In: A. Baltag and S. Smets (eds.), Johan van Benthem on Logic and Information, Berlin/New York, Springer, 2014, pp. 749-764 [.pdf]
  4. ‘Formal semantics and Wittgenstein: An alternative?’
    In The Monist, Vil. 96, no. 2, 2013, pp. 205-231 [.pdf]
  5. ‘Martin Stokhof discusses formal semantics and Wittgenstein’
    From: Elucidations: A University of Chicago Podcast by Matt Teichman, 2013 [.mp3]
  6. ‘Intuitions and competence in formal semantics’
    In: B. Partee, M. Glanzberg and J. Skilters (eds), The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication. Volume 6: Formal Semantics and Pragmatics. Discourse, Context and Models., Riga, University of Latvia Press 2011, pp. 1-23 [.pdf]
  7. ‘The role of artificial languages’
    In: D. Graff Fara and G. Russell (eds), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language, London, Routledge, 2011, pp. 544-53 [.pdf]
  8. ‘Abstractions and idealisations: the construction of modern linguistics’ [with Michiel van Lambalgen]
    In Theoretical Linguistics, Vol. 37, no. 1-2, 2011, pp. 1-26 [.pdf]
    [A Dutch version of this paper appeared in Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, Vol.72, 2010, pp. 749-776]
  9. ‘Comments-to-comments’ [with Michiel van Lambalgen]
    In Theoretical Linguistics, Vol. 37, no. 1-2, 2011, pp. 79-94 [.pdf]
  10. ‘Taal en praktijk’
    In: Nederlandse Taalkunde, Vol. 13, no. 3, 2008, pp. 322-329 [.pdf]
    [Short version of  ‘Taal: constructie en praktijk’, unpublished [.pdf]]
  11. ‘Information in natural language’ [with Hans Kamp]
    In: P. Adriaans and J. van Benthem (eds), Handbook of the Philosophy of Information, Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2008, pp. 49-112 [.pdf]
  12. ‘Hand or hammer? On formal and natural languages in semantics’
    In: The Journal of Indian Philosophy, Vol. 35, no. 5-6, 2007, pp. 597-626 [.pdf]
  13. ‘The future of semantics?’
    In: Theoretical Linguistics, 32, 2006, pp. 91-100 [.pdf]
  14. ‘Why compositionality?’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: G. Carlson and J. Pelletier (eds), Reference and Quantification: The Partee Effect, Stanford, CSLI Press, 2005, pp. 83-106 [.pdf]
  15. ‘Meaning, interpretation and semantics’
    In: D. Barker-Plummer, D. Beaver, J. van Benthem and P. Scotto di Luzio (eds), Words, Proofs, and Diagrams, Stanford, CSLI Press, 2002, pp. 217-240 [.pdf]
  16. ‘Could semantics be something else? Philosophical challenges for formal semantics’
    In: J. Gerbrandy, M. Marx, M. de Rijke and Y. Venema (eds),  JFAK 50. Essays Presented to Johan van Benthem on the Occasion of his Fiftieth Birthday, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 1999 [.pdf]


  1. ‘Ethics and morality, principles and practice’
    In ZEMO, 2018, on-line first [.pdf] []
  2. Wittgenstein over taal
    Lezing Humanistisch Verbond Amsterdam, 18 februari 2018 [.pdf]
  3. ‘Het einde van de filosofie?De uitdaging van het naturalisme vanuit een Wittgensteiniaans perspectief’
    in Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 2017, 109(2), pp. 171-198 [.pdf]
  4. ‘Repliek’
    In Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 2017, 109(2), pp. 237-243 [.pdf]
  5. ‘The quest for purity. Another look at the New Wittgenstein.’
    In Croatian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XI, no. 33, 2011, pp. 275-94 [.pdf]
  6. ‘Leven zonder hoop of vrees. Stoïsche elementen in de conceptie van het goede leven in Wittgensteins Tractatus.’
    In Filosofie, Vol. 20, no. 6, 2010, pp. 19-27 [.pdf]
  7. ‘Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophische Untersuchungen
    In: R. Gabriels (ed), De 20ste eeuw in 10 filosofische boeken, Amsterdam, Boom, 2009, pp. 87-109 [.pdf]
  8. ‘The architecture of meaning: Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and formal semantics’
    In: D. Levy and E. Zamuner (eds), Wittgenstein’s Enduring Arguments, London, Routledge, 2008, pp. 211-244 [.pdf]
  9. ‘De hang naar zuiverheid’
    In: De Gids, fall 2005 [.pdf]
  10. World and Life as One. Ethics and Ontology in Wittgenstein’s Early Work, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2002 [at Amazon]

Dynamic semantics

  1. ‘The gamut of dynamic logics’ [with Jan van Eijck]
    In: D. Gabbay and J. Woods (eds.), The Handbook of the History of Logic. Volume 6: Logic and Modalities in the Twentieth Century, Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2006. pp. 499-600 [.pdf]
  2. ‘Meaning in motion’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: K. von Heusinger and U. Egli (eds.), Reference and Anaphoric Relations, Dordrecht, Kluwer, 1999, pp. 47-76 [.pdf]
  3. ‘Betekenis in beweging’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte,Vol. 90, no. 1, 1998, pp. 26-53 [.pdf]
  4. ‘Coreference and modality in multi-speaker discourse’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk, Frank Veltman]
    In: H. Kamp and B. Partee (eds), Context Dependence in the Analysis of Linguistic Meaning,Stuttgart, I.M.S., 1997, pp. 195-216 [.pdf]
  5. ‘Changing the context: dynamics and discourse’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: E. Doron and S. Wintner (eds), IATL 3: Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference and of the Workshop on Discourse,Jerusalem, Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics,1996, pp.104-128 [.pdf]
  6. ‘Changez le contexte!’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk, Frank Veltman]
    In: Langages,Vol. 30, 1996, pp. 8-29 [.pdf]
  7. ‘Coreference and modality’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk, Frank Veltman]
    In: S. Lappin (ed), Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory, Oxford, Blackwell, 1996, pp. 179-216[.pdf]
  8. ‘This might be it’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk, Frank Veltman]
    In: D. Westerstahl and J. Seligman (eds), Language, Logic and Computation: The 1994 Moraga Proceedings,Stanford, CSLI, 1996, pp. 255-70 [.pdf]
  9. ‘Coreference and contextually restricted quantification’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk, Frank Veltman]
    In: M. Krifka (ed), Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Semantics and Linguistic Theory, Ithaca, NY, DMML Publications, 1995 [.pdf]
  10. ‘Dynamic predicate logic’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: Linguistics and Philosophy, Vol. 14, no. 1, 1991, pp. 39-100 [.pdf]
  11. ‘Dynamic Montague grammar’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: L. Kalman and L. Polos (eds), Proceedings of the Second Symposion on Logic and Language,Boedapest, Eotvos Lorand University Press, 1990, pp. 3-48 [.pdf]
  12. ‘Two theories of dynamic semantics’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: J. van Eijck (ed), Logics in AI, Berlin, Springer, 1990, pp. 55–64 [.pdf]
  13. ‘Context and information in dynamic semantics’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: In B. Elsendoorn and H. Bouma (eds), Working Models of Human Perception, New York, Academic Press, 1988, pp. 457–488 [.pdf]


  1. ‘Questions’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: J. van Benthem and A. ter Meulen (eds), Handbook of Logic and Language, Amsterdam/Cambridge, Mass., Elsevier/MIT Press, Amsterdam/Cambridge, Mass.,1997, pp. 1055-1124 [.pdf]
  2. ‘Interrogatives and adverbial quantification’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: K. Bimbo and A.Mate (eds), Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium on Logic and Language,Budapest, Aron Publishers, 1993, pp. 1-29 [.pdf]
  3. ‘Partitioning Logical Space’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    Annotated Handout, ESSLLI 2, Leuven, August 1990 [.pdf]
  4. ‘Type-shifting rules and the semantics of interrogatives’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: G. Chierchia, B. H. Partee and R. Turner (eds), Properties, Types and Meaning. Vol. II: Semantic Issues, Reidel, Dordrecht, 1988, pp. 21–69
    Reprinted in: P. Portner and B. H. Partee (eds), Formal Semantics. The Essential Readings, Blackwell, Oxford, 2002. pp. 421-456 [.pdf]
  5. Studies on the Semantics of Questions and the Pragmatics of Answers [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    PhD Thesis, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1984
    [obtainable, in two files (chapters 1-4 and chapters 5-6) from the Dare repository, following this link]
  6. Semantics of wh-complements [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: Linguistics and Philosophy, Vol. 5, no. 2, 1982, pp. 175-233 [.pdf]


  1. ‘The company of objects / Het gezelschap van dingen’
    In: T. Melzer and K. Andreasen, Inventory, Haarlem, Johan Deumens, 2008, pp. 13 16, 27-30 [.pdf]
  2. ‘A pragmatic analysis of specificity’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: F. Heny (ed), Ambiguities in Intensional Contexts, Dordrecht, Reidel, 1981, pp. 153-180 [.pdf]
  3. ‘The Conway paradox: Its solution in an epistemic framework’ [with Peter van Emde Boas and Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: J. Groenendijk, T. Janssen and M. Stokhof Formal Methods in the Study of Language (MC Tracts no 135), Amsterdam, Mathematical Centre, 1981, pp. 87-111 [.pdf]
    [Reprinted in: J. Groenendijk, T. Janssen and M. Stokhof Truth, Interpretation, and Information (Grass Series no 2), Dordrecht, Foris, 1984, pp. 159-182]
  4. ‘Semantics, pragmatics and the theory of meaning’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 2, no. 1, 1978 pp. 49-70 [.pdf]
  5. ‘Modality and conversational information’ [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: Theoretical Linguistics, Vol. 2, no. 1-3, 1975, pp. 61-112 [.pdf]