The following works have been published or in progress as part of the MECORE project and the preceding NWO-funded project “Searching for semantic universals in the modal and attitudinal domains”.

Articles and manuscripts

  • Uegaki, Wataru. to appear. The doubt-whether puzzle. In Łukasz Jędrzejowski and Carla Umbach, eds. Non-interrogative subordinate wh-clauses. OUP. [Preprint DOI]
  • Roelofsen, Floris & Wataru Uegaki. 2020. Searching for a universal constraint on the possible denotations of clause-embedding predicates. Proceedings of SALT 30. pp. 542–561.


  • Özyıldız, Deniz, Ciyang Qing, Floris Roelofsen, Maribel Romero, & Wataru Uegaki. 2022. Cross-linguistic patterns in the selectional restrictions of preferential predicates. GLOW 45 workshop on typological generalizations and semantic theory, QMUL.

Journal special issue


  • MECORE team. in progress. Questionnaire on clause-embedding predicates.


  • Nährlich, Flavia. 2022. Semantic and selectional properties of clause-embedding predicates in German. MSc thesis, ILLC, University of Amsterdam.
  • Di, Bao. 2021. The *hope-wh puzzle revisited: the anti-rogativity of non-veridical predicates in Mandarin Chinese. MSc thesis, PPLS, University of Edinburgh.
  • Huang, Yunchong. 2020. What does 怀疑 (huaiyi) mean?: An investigation into the semantics of the dubitative verb in Mandarin Chinese. MSc thesis, PPLS, University of Edinburgh.