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. Abstracte begrippen en concrete werkelijkheid [with M. van Lambalgen]
    In: Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 2014, Vol. 106, no. 1, pp. 69-74 [.pdf
  5. Formal semantics and Wittgenstein: An alternative?
    In: The Monist, Vol. 96, no. 2, 2013, pp. 205-231 [.pdf]
  6. Martin Stokhof discusses formal semantics and Wittgenstein
    From: Elucidations: A University of Chicago Podcast by Matt Teichman, 2013 [.mp3]
  7. 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]
  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. Comments-to-comments [with Michiel van Lambalgen]
    In: Theoretical Linguistics, Vol. 37, no. 1-2, 2011, pp. 79-94 [.pdf]
  11. Taal en praktijk
    In: Nederlandse Taalkunde, Vol. 13, no. 3, 2008, pp. 322-329 [.pdf]
    [Short version of  Taal: constructie en praktijk, unpublished manuscript [.pdf]]
  12. 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]
  13. 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]
  14. The future of semantics?
    In: Theoretical Linguistics, 32, 2006, pp. 91-100 [.pdf]
  15. 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]
  16. 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]
  17. 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. Interview met Robert van Altena over Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. Uitzending van Springvossen, 14 maart 2022, AmsterdamFM [.mp3]
  2. Tractatus, application and use [with J. van der Does]
    In: Open Philosophy, 2020, Vol. 3, pp. 77-797 [.pdf]
  3. Ethics and morality, principles and practice
    In: Zeitschrift für Ethik und Moralphilosophie, 2018, Vol. 1, pp. 291-304 [.pdf]
  4. Wittgenstein over taal
    Lezing Humanistisch Verbond Amsterdam, 18 februari 2018 [.pdf]
  5. Het einde van de filosofie?De uitdaging van het naturalisme vanuit een Wittgensteiniaans perspectief
    In: Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 2017, Vol. 109, no. 2, pp. 171-198 [.pdf]
  6. Repliek
    In: Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 2017, Vol. 109, no. 2, pp. 237-243 [.pdf]
  7. The quest for purity. Another look at the New Wittgenstein
    In: Croatian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XI, no. 33, 2011, pp. 275-94 [.pdf]
  8. 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]
  9. Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophische Untersuchungen
    In: R. Gabriels (ed), De 20ste eeuw in 10 filosofische boeken, Amsterdam, Boom, 2009, pp. 87-109 [.pdf]
  10. 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]
  11. De hang naar zuiverheid
    In: De Gids, fall 2005 [.pdf]
  12. World and Life as One. Ethics and Ontology in Wittgenstein’s Early Work, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2002 [available at Amazon]
  13. Ludwig Wittgenstein
    In: M. Keestra (ed), Tien Westerse Filosofen, Amsterdam, Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds, 2000, pp. 165-188 [.pdf]

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, CSLI, Stanford, 1996, pp. 255-270 [.pdf]
  9. Coreference and contextually restricted quantification [with Jeroen Groenendijk, Frank Veltman]
    In: M. Simons and T. Galloway (ed), Proceedings of the Fifth Conference on Semantics and Linguistic Theory, DMML Publications, Ithaca, NY, , 1995, pp. 112-129 [.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, Budapest, 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, second edition, 2011, pp. 1059–1131 [.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. A note on interrogatives and adverbs of quantification [with Jeroenen Groenendijk]
    In: D. Dowty and C. Barker (eds), Proceedings of the Second Conference on Semantics and Linguistic Theory, Columbus, Ohio,Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 1992, pp. 99-124 [.pdf]
  4. Partitioning Logical Space [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    Annotated Handout, ESSLLI 2, Leuven, August 1990 [.pdf]
  5. 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]
  6. Flexibiliteit in de semantiek. Twee argumenten uit de semantiek van vraagzinnen [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: GLOT, Vol. 10, 1987, pp. 373-397 [.pdf]
  7. Studies on the Semantics of Questions and the Pragmatics of Answers [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    PhD Thesis, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1984 [.pdf]
  8. On the semantics of questions and the pragmatics of answers [with Jeroenen Groenendijk]
    In: F. Landman and F. Veltman (eds) Varieties of Formal Semantics, Foris, Dordrecht, 1984, pp. 143–170 [.pdf]
    [Reprinted in: J. Gutiérrez-Rexach (ed), Semantics: Critical Concepts. Vol. V: Operators and Sentence Types, Routledge, London, 2003, pp. 288–313]
  9. Interrogative quantifiers and Skolem-functions [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: K. Ehlich and H. van Riemsdijk (eds), Connectedness in Sentence, Discourse and Text, Department of Linguistics, University of Tilburg, Tilburg, 1983, pp. 71-110 [.pdf]
  10. Semantics of wh-complements [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: Linguistics and Philosophy, Vol. 5, no. 2, 1982, pp. 175-233 [.pdf]


  1. Philosophy as change
    To appear in: T. Melzer (ed), Atlas of Aspect Change, Rollo Press, Zürich, 2022 [.pdf]
  2. Episodic problems
    In: K. Stenning and M. Stokhof (eds), Rules, Regularities, Randomness. Festschrift for Michiel van Lambalgen, ILLC/University of Amsterdam, 2022, pp. 129-135 [.pdf]
  3. A brief history of the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation. People, Ideas & Practices. [with J. van Benthem]
    ILLC/University of Amsterdam, 2021 [.pdf]
  4. Culturele conventies, zekerheden en kritische reflectie
    In: Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 2021, Vol. 113, no. 3, pp. 407-412 [.pdf]
  5. The affordances of art: the role of the individual and the case of literature
    In: Adaptive Behavior, 2021, on-line first, [.pdf]
  6. Interview with Louise McNally Sinn und Bedeutung 25, 07/09/2020 [.m4a]
    Part of a series of four on-line conducted interviews on the early days of formal semantics. Other interviewees Hans Kamp, Barbara Partee, and Angelika Kratzer. Video and audio of all four interviews with can be found here.
  7. Workshop ‘Logic, modernity, modernism: Chinese and western perspectives’: a write-up of first impressions [with Wang Lu]
    In: Studies in Logic, Vol. 8, no. 2, 2015, pp. 114-123 [.pdf]
  8. 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]
  9. The development of Montague grammar
    In: S. Auroux, K. Koerner, H-J. Niederehe and K. Versteegh (eds), History of the Language Sciences, Volume 3, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin – New York, 2006, pp. 2058–2073 [.pdf]
  10. Review article of Stanley Peters and Esa Saarinen (eds), Processes, Beliefs and Questions, Reidel, Dordrecht, 1982 [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: Studies in Language, Vol. 9, no. 3, 1985, pp. 409–427 [.pdf]
  11. Over logische vorm [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: TTT. Tijdschrift voor Tekst- en Taalwetenschap, Vol. 2, no. 4, 1982, pp. 261-305 [.pdf]
  12. A pragmatic analysis of specificity [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: F. Heny (ed), Ambiguities in Intensional Contexts, Dordrecht, Reidel, 1981, pp. 153-180 [.pdf]
  13. 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]
  14. Semantics, pragmatics and the theory of meaning [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 2, no. 1, 1978 pp. 49-70 [.pdf]
  15. Modality and conversational information [with Jeroen Groenendijk]
    In: Theoretical Linguistics, Vol. 2, no. 1-3, 1975, pp. 61-112 [.pdf]