Ana Arregui

Assistant Professor

Linguistics Department

University of Ottawa

Publications and manuscripts


(submitted).    Examining domain-widening and NPI ‘any’  (draft)

(submitted).    Building involuntary states in Slavic. V. Demonte and L. McNally (eds.) Telicity and change of state in natural language, Oxford University Press. (With María Luisa Rivero) (draft)

(accepted).     Anatomy of a Polish circumstantial modal. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 18 2009: the Cornell meeting), Michigan Slavic Publications, Ann Arbor, MI. (With María  Luisa Rivero & Ewelina Frackowiak) (draft)


(in press).    Counterfactual-style revision in the semantics of deontic modals. Journal of Semantics (draft)

(in press).    Variation in circumstantial modality. Linguistic Inquire (squib) (With María Luisa Rivero & Ewelina Frackowiak) (draft)

(forthcoming).    On negative antecedents in deontic conditionals. In M. Prinzhorn, V. Schmitt & S. Zobel (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 14, Vienna 2009. (draft)


(2010).    Detaching if-clauses from should. Natural Language Semantics 18(3), 241-293. (preprint)

(2010).    Aspectual micro-variation: the case of Slavic imperfectives. In M. Heijl (ed.), Proceedings of CLA 2010, ISSN 027-9633 (With María Luisa Rivero) (preprint)


(2009).    On similarity in counterfactuals. Linguistics and Philosophy 32(3): 245-278. (preprint)

(2009).    Circumstantial modals in Polish and Sta’ti’mcets. F. Mailhot (ed.), Proceedings of CLA 2009, ISSN 0027-9633 (With María Luisa Rivero & Ewelina Frackowiak) (preprint).


(2008).     On the role of past-tense in resolving similarity in counterfactuals. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 12 (ed. Atle Grønn), pages 17-31. (http: // (preprint)

(2008).    Chisholm’s Paradox: on detaching obligations from deontic conditionals. In T. Friedman and S. Ito (eds.). Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 18, 55-72. Ithaca, NY.: Cornell University. (preprint)

(2008).     Some remarks on domain widening. Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (eds. Abner & Bishop), pages 45-53. (http: // (preprint)


(2007).     When aspect matters: the case of “would” conditionals. Natural Language Semantics 15:221-264. (preprint)

(2007).     Being me, being you: pronoun puzzles in modal contexts. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 11. (ed. Estela Puig-Waldmüller) (htto:// (preprint)

(2007).     Resolving similarity in embedded contexts. Empirical issues in syntax and semantics 7 (eds. Bonami and Cabredo Hofherr), ( (preprint)


(2006).     Arregui, Ana, Clifton, Charles, Frazier, Lyn and Keir Moulton. Processing elided VPs with flawed antecedents: the recycling hypothesis. Journal of Memory and Language 55(2): 232-246.

(2006).     On the consequences of event quantification in counterfactual conditionals. Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (eds. Baumer, Montero & Scanlon), pages 67-75. ( (preprint)

(2006).     On the role of the perfect in “would” conditionals. Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Linguistics. ( (preprint)

(2006).     “Cualquier”, exception phrases, and negation. Romance languages and linguistic theory 2004. (eds. Doetjes and Gonzalez), John Benjamins,  pages 1-22. (pre-print)


(2005). On the accessibility of possible worlds: the role of tense and aspect. PhD dissertation. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (text)

Older manuscripts

(2005). Layering modalities: the case of backtracking conditionals. (ms.)

Other work

(2003). A study of the semantic predictions of quantificational NPs. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Occasional Papers 27: On semantic processing. (ed. Alonso-Ovalle), GLSA Publications, 27-52.

(2001) with Lisa Matthewson.  A cross-linguistic perspective on the expression of manner. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 11 (eds. Hasting, Jackson & Zvolensky), Ithaca, CLC Publications.

(2001). Avoid-F in ACD. Proceedings of NELS 31 (eds. Kim & Strauss), GLSA Publications.

(1998) with Kiyomi Kusumoto. Tense in temporal adjunct clauses. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 8 (eds. Strolovitch & Lawson). Ithaca, CLC Publications.

I am an assistant professor at the Linguistics Department at the University of Ottawa, specializing in semantics. My research interests include modality, tense, aspect, counterfactuals, modal pronouns, and NPIs. I am also very interested in psycholinguistics, in particular in relation to the processing of meaning. My work in psycholinguistics has focused on VP ellipsis and quantifiers.