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I am specialized in model-theoretic linguistic semantics. Within this field, my recent interests include event semantics, conjunction, disjunction, counterfactuals, and donkey sentences. I am also interested in distributivity, aspect and measurement, which I mainly study from the point of view of algebraic semantics and mereology (the theory of part-whole relations). One line of work I have pursued over the last few years has connected the meanings of distributive words such as each or every to the way language measures quantities and events, as in three liters of water and run for three hours. I have also worked on quantification, negation, definite descriptions, temporal dependencies, and other topics.

I have a dual linguistics/computer science background. I am interested in connecting linguistics with the neighboring fields of philosophy and computer science. Some of my work is in formal language theory, computational linguistics, and computational semantics. My research in these areas has focused on investigating tree-adjoining grammar from different angles, such as treebanking, dependency parsing and computational complexity.

 

Type Title
Dissertation Champollion, Lucas (2010). Parts of a whole: Distributivity as a bridge between aspect and measurement.
PDF (Penn), Video
Textbook draft Coppock, Elizabeth, and Lucas Champollion. Invitation to formal semantics.
Draft (PDF).
Book Champollion, Lucas. (2017). Parts of a whole: Distributivity as a bridge between aspect and measurement. Vol. 66 (Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Companion Site
Journal Champollion, Lucas, Dylan Bumford, and Robert Henderson (2019). Donkeys under discussion.  Semantics and Pragmatics, volume 12, issue 1, pages 1-50. Official Link, PDF
  Ciardelli, Ivano, Linmin Zhang, and Lucas Champollion (2018). Two switches in the theory of counterfactuals: A study of truth conditionality and minimal change. Linguistics and Philosophy, volume 41, issue 6, pages 577-621.
Official Link, PDF
  Champollion, Lucas (2016). Covert distributivity in algebraic event semantics. Semantics and Pragmatics, volume 9, issue 15, pages 1-65.
Official Link, PDF
  Champollion, Lucas (2016). Overt distributivity in algebraic event semantics. Semantics and Pragmatics, volume 9, issue 16, pages 1-65.
Official Link, PDF
  Champollion, Lucas (2016). Ten men and women got married today: noun coordination and the intersective theory of conjunction. Journal of Semantics, volume 33, issue 3, pages 561-622. Published online 31 Jul 2015.
Official Link, PDF
  Champollion, Lucas (2015). Refining stratified reference (reply to comments). Theoretical Linguistics, volume 41, issue 3-4, pages 223-240.
Official Link, PDF
  Champollion, Lucas (2015). Stratified reference: The common core of distributivity, aspect, and measurement. Theoretical Linguistics, volume 41, issue 3-4, pages 109-149.
Official Link, PDF, Handout, Video
  Champollion, Lucas (2015). The interaction of compositional semantics and event semantics. Linguistics and Philosophy, volume 38, issue 1, pages 31-66. Published online 23 Dec 2014.
Official Link, PDF, Handout, Video,
Lambda Calculator Companion, ESSLLI Lecture Notes
  Champollion, Lucas (2011). Lexicalized non-local MCTAG with dominance links is NP-complete. Journal of Logic, Language, and Information, Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 343-359.
Official Link, PDF
  Shen, Libin, Lucas Champollion, and Aravind K. Joshi (2008). LTAG-spinal and the Treebank: A new resource for incremental, dependency and semantic parsing. Language Resources and Evaluation, 42(1): 1-19.
Official Link, PDF, Official Website
Handbook/Review/Invited Champollion, Lucas (to appear). Distributivity, collectivity, and cumulativity. Handbook article, to appear in Wiley’s Companion to Semantics.
Draft (Lingbuzz)
  Alsop, Anna, Lucas Champollion, and Ioana Grosu (2019), A problem for Fox’s (2007) account of free choice disjunction. Snippets 37: 7-9. 2019.
Official Link
  Champollion, Lucas (2019). Distributivity in formal semantics. Annual Review of Linguistics, 5(1), 289–308.
Official Link, PDF.
  Champollion, Lucas, and Manfred Krifka (2016). Mereology. In: P. Dekker and M. Aloni (eds), Cambridge Handbook of Semantics. Chapter 13, pages 369-388. Cambridge University Press.
Official Link, PDF
Conference Champollion, Lucas, Anna Alsop, and Ioana Grosu (2019). Free choice disjunction as a rational speech act. Poster at 29th Semantics and Linguistic Theory conference (SALT 29), UCLA, May 17-19, 2019.
Poster, handout
  Bernard, Timothée, and Lucas Champollion (2018). Negative events in compositional semantics. Proceedings of the 28th Semantics and Linguistic Theory conference (SALT 28), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, May 18-20, 2018, Sireemas Maspong, Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir, Katherine Blake and Forrest Davis (eds), pages 512-532.
Official Link, PDF
  Champollion, Lucas, Justin Bledin, and Haoze Li (2017). Rigid and flexible quantification in Plural Predicate Logic. Proceedings of the 27th Semantics and Linguistic Theory conference (SALT 27), University of Maryland, College Park, May 12-14, 2017, Dan Cameron Burgdorf, Jacob Collard, Sireemas Maspong, and Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir (eds), pages 417-437.
Official Link, PDF
  Champollion, Lucas (2016). Linking the collective-distributive opposition and the telic-atelic opposition. Proceedings of the 46th North East Linguistic Society (NELS 46), volume 1, pages 171-184.
PDF, Poster
  Champollion, Lucas (2016). Homogeneity in donkey sentences. Proceedings of the 26th Semantics and Linguistic Theory conference (SALT 26). Mary Moroney, Carol-Rose Little, Jacob Collard, and Dan Burgdorf (eds.), pages 684-704.
Official Link, PDF, Slides
  Champollion, Lucas, Ivano Ciardelli, and Linmin Zhang (2016). Breaking de Morgan’s law in counterfactual antecedents. Proceedings of the 26th Semantics and Linguistic Theory conference (SALT 26). Mary Moroney, Carol-Rose Little, Jacob Collard, and Dan Burgdorf (eds.), pages 304-324.
Official Link, PDF, Poster
  Champollion, Lucas (2015). Every boy bought two sausages each: Distributivity and dependent numerals. Proceedings of the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, ed. Ulrike Steindl et al., pages 103-110. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
PDF, Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2015). Back to events: More on the logic of verbal modification. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, volume 21, issue 1, article 7. (Presented at the 38th Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC 38), University of Pennsylvania, March 30, 2014.)
Official Link, PDF, Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2013). Man and woman: the last obstacle for boolean coordination. Proceedings of the 19th Amsterdam Colloquium, December 18-20, 2013. Maria Aloni, Michael Franke, and Floris Roelofsen (eds.), pages 83-90.
PDF, Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2013): The scope and processing of for-adverbials: A reply to Deo and Piñango. Proceedings of the 23rd Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference (SALT 23). Todd Snider (ed.), pages 432-452.
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  Champollion, Lucas (2012). Each vs. jeweils: A cover-based view on distance-distributivity. Proceedings of the 18th Amsterdam Colloquium, December 19-21, 2011. Maria Aloni, Floris Roelofsen, Galit Weidman Sassoon, Katrin Schulz, Vadim Kimmelman and Matthijs Westera (eds.), pages 251-260.
SpringerLink, PDF
  Champollion, Lucas (2012). Temporal dependencies: anaphora vs. movement. Poster presentation at the 35th GLOW colloquium. Potsdam, March 28-30, 2012.
Poster
  Champollion, Lucas (2011). Quantification and negation in event semantics. In: Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, volume 6. Barbara H. Partee, Michael Glanzberg and Jurgis Skilters (eds.), pages 1-23. Manhattan, KS: New Prairie Press. DOI: 10.4148/biyclc.v6i0.1563 (Superseded by “The interaction of compositional semantics and event semantics”)
Official Link, PDF
  Champollion, Lucas (2010). Cumulative readings of every do not provide evidence for events and thematic roles. In: Logic, Language and Meaning: Proceedings of the 17th Amsterdam Colloquium. December 16-18, 2009. M. Aloni, H. Bastiaanse, T. de Jager, and K. Schulz (eds.), pages 213-222. Springer Berlin/Heidelberg.
PDF, Slides
  Champollion, Lucas, and Uli Sauerland (2010). Move and accommodate: A solution to Haddock’s puzzle. In: Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 8, Olivier Bonami and Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (eds.).
PDF, Slides
  Champollion, Lucas (2010). Quantification in event semantics. Presented at the 6th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication. Formal Semantics and Pragmatics: Discourse, Context, and Models. November 19-21. Riga, Latvia.
  Champollion, Lucas (2010). For-adverbials and the specified quantity generalization. Presented at the 34th Penn Linguistics Colloquium (PLC 34). University of Pennsylvania, March 19-21, 2010. (Superseded by dissertation)
Handout
  Sui, Yanyan, and Lucas Champollion (2010). Chinese “dou” and cumulative quantification. Poster at the Mid-Atlantic Colloquium of Studies in Meaning (MACSIM) workshop, University of Pennsylvania, April 10, 2010.
Poster
  Champollion, Lucas (2009). A unified account of distributivity, for-adverbials, and pseudopartitives. Proceedings of the 14th Sinn und Bedeutung conference, pages 84-100. Vienna, September 28-30, 2009.
PDF, Handout, Slides
  Champollion, Lucas, and Uli Sauerland (2009). An inverse linking account of nested definites. Presentation at the 14th Sinn und Bedeutung conference, Vienna, September 28-30, 2009.
Handout, Slides
  Champollion, Lucas (2009). For-adverbials quantify over subintervals, not subevents. Presentation at the CHRONOS 9 international conference on tense, aspect and modality, Paris, September 2-4, 2009.
Slides
  Champollion, Lucas (2008). Binding theory in LTAG. Proceedings of the Ninth International Workshop on Tree Adjoining Grammar and related formalisms (TAG+9), Tübingen, Germany.
PDF, PPT
  Champollion, Lucas (2007). Lexicalized non-local MCTAG with dominance links is NP-complete. Mathematics of Language 10, UCLA, July 28-30, 2007, Los Angeles, USA.
PDF, Handout
Invited Talk Champollion, Lucas, Anna Alsop, and Ioana Grosu (2019). Free choice disjunction as a rational speech act. Talk at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris.
Handout
  Bumford, Dylan, Lucas Champollion, and Linmin Zhang (2016). The rabbit in the hat is back: Definites with joint uniqueness presuppositions. Talk at the Workshop on Definiteness across Languages.
Slides
  Champollion, Lucas, and Manfred Krifka (2016). Talking about quantity and number. Invited talk at the 2016 Workshop on Tightening the Articulation between Language and Number. Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands, March 8-11, 2016.
Slides
  Champollion, Lucas, Ivano Ciardelli, and Floris Roelofsen (2015). Some questions in typed inquisitive semantics. Talk at Workshop on Questions in Logic and Semantics, University of Amsterdam, December 15, 2015.
Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2014). The making of stratified reference: On the process of formalizing semantic intuitions. Invited talk at the MACSIM 4 workshop roundtable.
(Email for slides)
  Champollion, Lucas (2014). Each vs. All: Distributivity, cumulativity, and two types of collectivity. Invited talk at the 4th Cornell Workshop in Linguistics and Philosophy.
Handout
Workshop Champollion, Lucas (2012). Each vs. jeweils: A cover-based view on distance-distributivity. University of Potsdam, May 2012.
Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2011). All. Presented at the 2011 Philosophers’ Rally (Zlot Filozoficzny). June 24-26, 2011. Toruń, Poland.
Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2011). Distributivity and same. Presented at the 12th Szklarska Poręba workshop. March 12, 2011. Szklarska Poręba, Poland.
Handout
  Krasikova, Sveta, and Lucas Champollion (2011). Two ‘many’ modifiers. Presented at the Workshop on Modification With and Without Modifiers (MDF 2011). December 15-16, 2011. Madrid, Spain.
Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2011). The scope of for-adverbials: A reply to Deo and Pinango. Workshop on aspect and modality in lexical semantics. University of Stuttgart, September 2011.
Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2011). For-adverbials and the scope of indefinites. Workshop “Indefinites and beyond”. University of Göttingen, November 2011.
Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2011). Temporal prepositional phrases and implicit variables. Workshop in honor of Arnim von Stechow. University of Konstanz, November 2011.
Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2009). Davidsonian events and thematic roles: are they necessary? A reply to Kratzer and Schein. Presentation at the workshop on Language, Communication and Rational Agency, Stanford, May 30-31, 2009.
Slides
  Champollion, Lucas, and Uli Sauerland (2009). Definiteness, inverse linking, and narrowing. Presentation at the Tenth Semantic Fest, Stanford University, March 13-14, 2009.
Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2009). A unified account of nominal distributivity, for-adverbials, and measure phrases. Stanford University. Outdated.
Handout
  Champollion, Lucas (2008). The influence of goals on ambiguities in certain donkey sentences. Presentation at the Fourth Formal Semantics in Moscow workshop (FSIM 4), April 5-6, 2008.
Handout
  Champollion, Lucas, Prashanth Mannem, and Livio Robaldo (2007). Bidirectional dependency parsing trained on the Turin University Treebank. Proceedings of the EVALITA 2007 Workshop. Rome, Italy, September 10th, 2007. Special issue of Intelligenza Artifiziale, volume IV(2), pages 48-49.
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  Champollion, Lucas, Joshua Tauberer, and Maribel Romero (2007). “The Penn Lambda Calculator: Pedagogical Software for Natural Language Semantics”, in T. Holloway King and E. M. Bender (eds.), Proceedings of the Grammar Engineering across Frameworks (GEAF) 2007 Workshop. Stanford, CA, July 13-15 2007. CSLI On-line Publications.
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  Champollion, Lucas (2006). On the (ir)relevance of psycholinguistics for anaphora resolution. Workshop on ambiguity in anaphora, ESSLLI 2006, Málaga, Spain.
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Other Champollion, Lucas (2014). Reply to Roger Schwarzschild on event semantics. Ms., NYU.
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