E. S. McCready

E. S. McCready

Aoyama Gakuin University
Department of English and American Literature
4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-8366 JAPAN

Email: mccready@cl.aoyama.ac.jp

Professor (Kyoju) . Department of English Language and Literature, Aoyama Gakuin University.

This site is a work in progress; basically just a publications list. Someday I will, perhaps, manage to put up pdfs of these papers or at least some of them. For now, please email me if you need or want a copy of something. 


1. Honorification and Social Meaning. Oxford University Press. Under contract, to appear late 2018

2. Reliability in Pragmatics. Oxford University Press. 2015.

Edited Volumes:

1. Discourse Particles in Asian Languages: Volumes I (Theoretical Issues and Approaches) and II (Descriptive Aspects and Applications). Routledge. Co-edited with H. Nomoto and Y. Takubo. To appear late 2018 [under contract].

  1. Epistemology for the Rest of the World. Oxford University Press. Co-edited with Masaharu Mizumoto

    and Stephen Stich. To appear February 2018.

  2. Formal Approaches to Semantics and Pragmatics: Japanese and Beyond. Springer (Studies in Linguistics and

    Philosophy series). Co-edited with Katsuhiko Yabushita and Kei Yoshimoto. 2014.

  3. Proceedings of LENLS 2010. Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. 2010.

  4. New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence JSAI-isAI 2010 Workshops, LENLS, JURISIN, AMBN, ISS: Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6797; Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series. 2011. Co-edited with T. Onoda and D. Bekki.

  5. New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: JSAI-isAI Workshops LENLS, JURISIN, KCSD, LLLL Revised Se- lected Papers. Springer, LNAI series volume 6284. 2010. Co-edited with Y. Murakami and K. Nakakoji.

  6. Proceedings of TLS 8: Issues at the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface, Cascadilla Press, Somerville MA. 2006. Co-edited with P. Denis, A. Palmer and B. Reese.

  7. Proceedings of LENLS 2006. Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. 2006.


  1. How Dogwhistles Work. In preparation for a LNAI volume. With R. Henderson.

  2. Slurs are Invocations. In preparation. With C. Davis.

  3. Invocation without Derogation. In preparation for a special issue of Synthese. With C. Davis.

  4. Formal Semantics and Social Meaning: a Manifesto. In preparation for a volume on pragmatics and pragmatic strategies edited by C. Beyssade. With H. Burnett.

  5. Expressive Conservativity. In preparation. With C. Davis.

  6. Linguistic Strategies against Epistemic Injustice. In preparation for volume on cross-cultural and cross-

    linguistic issues in epistemology, M. Mizumoto, S. Stich and E. McCready, eds., Oxford.

  7. Embodied De Se Knowledge and Gender Dysphoria. In preparation.

  8. Testing Epistemic Injustice. With G. Winterstein. In press at Investigationes Linguisticae.

  9. Dog-whistles and the At-issue/not-at-issue Distinction. To appear in Secondary Content: The linguistics of side issues, ed. by D. Gutzmann and K. Turgay. Brill, pp. 121. With R. Henderson.

  10. Pragmatic Variation and Discourse Structure. In preparation.

  11. Expressives. Under revision for Semantics Companion, L. Matthewson et al eds.

  12. Japanese Particles. Under revision for a handbook volume on Japanese semantics and pragmatics, W. Jacobson and Y. Takubo, eds., Johns Benjamins. With C. Davis.

  13. Cantonese Wo: Expression of Unexpectedness. In press for Proceedings of PACLING. With Y. Hara.

  14. Negotiating Epistemic Authority. In press for Kurahashi S. et al. (eds), New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence (JSAI-isAI 2016 workshops, LENLS, HAT-MASH, AI-Biz, JURISIN and SKL revised selected papers, Berlin:Springer. With G. Winterstein.

  15. Selecting Questions. In press for Proceedings of Texas Linguistics Society 13.

  16. Particles of (Un)expectedness: Cantonese Wo and Lo. To appear in a LNAI volume, Springer. With Y. Hara.

     17. Testimony, Trust and Evidentials. In press for Evidentials and Modals, Chung-Min Lee and Jinho Park, eds., CRiSPI, Brill. 

Journal publications:

  1. Anaphoric Demonstratives and Mutual Knowledge. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 35:801-837. With D. Y. Oshima. 2016.

  2. Against Lexical Self-Reference. Linguistic Inquiry 46(4):742754. 2015.

  3. Reference and Linguistic Intuitions. Annals of the Japan Association for Philosophy of Science 23:33-44. 2015.

  4. Expressives and Expressivity. 2014. Open Linguistics 1:53-70.

  5. Formal Approaches to Particle Meaning. 2012. Language and Linguistics Compass 6(12): 777-795.

  6. Emotive Equilibria. 2012. Linguistics and Philosophy 35(3): 243-283.

  7. How to Coordinate on Pragmatic Content. 2011. Sprache und Datenverarbeitung 2/1(2012): 137-149.

  8. Varieties of Conventional Implicature. 2010. Semantics and Pragmatics 3(8):1-57.

  9. Classifiers Induce Conventional Implicatures. 2009. Journal of Cognitive Science 10: 195-208.

  10. Expressives and Identity Conditions. 2009. Linguistic Inquiry 40(2): 356-366. With C. Potts, A. Asudeh, L. Alonso-Ovalle, R. Bhatt, S. Cable, C. Davis, Y. Hara, A. Kratzer, T. Roeper and M. Walkow.

  11. What Man Does. 2008. Linguistics and Philosophy 31(6): 671-724.

  12. Expressive Content and Logophoricity. 2008. Snippets 18: 13-14.

  13. Unnatural Kinds. 2008. Journal of Pragmatics 40(10): 1817-1822.

  14. Evidentiality, Modality and Probability. 2007. Linguistics and Philosophy 30(2): 147-206. With N. Ogata.

  15. Adjectives, Comparison and Stereotypicality. 2007. Natural Language Semantics 15(1): 35-63. With N. Ogata.

  16. Were, Would, Might and a Compositional Account of Counterfactuals. 2007. Journal of Semantics 24(2): 93-129. With N. Asher.

  17. Discourse Structure and Logophoric Binding. 2007. Research on Language and Computation 5(1): 37-48.

  18. Japanese Yo: Its Semantics and Pragmatics. 2006. Sprache und Datenverarbeitung 30(1): 25-34.

  19. Created Objects, Coherence and Anaphora. 2006. Journal of Semantics 23(3): 251-279.

  20. The Indefiniteness Effect. 2005. Snippets 11: 11-12. With L. Wang.

  21. The Projection Problem of Nominal Appositives. 2005. Snippets 10: 13-14. With L. Wang and B. Reese.

Book chapters (refereed):

  1. Rational Belief and Evidence-Based Update. In Rationality: Constraints and Contexts, pp. 243258, T. W. Hung and T. J. Lane, eds., Elsevier. 2016.

  2. Quantification with Pejoratives. In Pejoration, Rita Finkbeiner, Jörg Meibauer, and Heike Wiese (eds.), pp. 75101. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins (Series "Linguistics Today"). With D. Gutzmann. 2016.

  1. Notes on perspective-sensitivity. In Donum Semanticum: Opera Linguistica Et Logica In Honorem Barbarae Partee A Disscipulis Amicisque Rossicis Oblata, P. Arkadiev, I. Kapitonov, Y. Lander, E. Rakhilina and S. Tatevosov (eds.), pp. 67-79. Moscow: Languages of Slavic Culture. With L. Bylinina and Y. Sudo.

  2. Syntax for Semantics: An Assessment. In In Untiring Pursuit of Better Alternatives, H. Egashira, K. Kitahara, H. Nomura, M. Oishi, A. Saizen and S. Suzuki, eds., pp. 229236. Tokyo: Kaitakusha. 2015.

  3. CI via DTS. In New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence (JSAI-isAI 2014 Workshops, LENLS, JURISIN, and GABA, Kanagawa, Japan, October 27-28, 2014, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intel- ligence 9067, pp.23-36, Springer. With D. Bekki.

  4. Using Descriptions. In Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 10, C. Piñon, ed., pp. 5572. With D. Gutzmann. 2014.

  5. Discourse-Level Politeness and Implicature. In New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, no. 8417 in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Y. Nakano, K. Satoh and D. Bekki, eds., pages 6981, Springer. With N. Asher. 2014.

  6. What is Evidence in Natural Language?. In Formal Semantics and Pragmatics: Japanese and Beyond, E. McCready, K. Yabushita, K. Yoshimoto, eds., pages 155180, Springer. 2014.

  7. Good Reasons. In Beyond Expressives: Explorations in Use-conditional Meaning, H.-M. Gärtner and D. Gutzmann, eds., Brill, pages 201229. With Y. Takahashi. 2013.

  8. Winning Strategies in Politeness. In New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, no. 7856 in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Y. Motomura, A. Butler and D. Bekki, eds., Springer, pages 8795. With N. Asher and S. Paul. 2013.

  9. Evidential Universals. In Evidentials and Evidence, T. Peterson and U. Sauerland (eds.), UBC Working Papers in Linguistics Volume 28, UBC, pages 105-128. 2010.

  10. Pronominal Features and Conventional Implicature. In Eigokenkyu no Jisedai ni Mukete: Current Studies for the Next Generation of English Linguistics and Philology: a Festschrift for Minoji Akimoto, H. Yoshiba, K. Nakazawa, S. Takeuchi, S. Tonoike, A. Kawabata, H. Nomura, S. Yamamoto, eds., Hituzi Syobo, pages 199-212. 2010.

  11. Japanese Particles: Dynamics vs. Utility. In Japanese/Korean Linguistics 16, Y. Takubo, T. Kinuhata, S. Grzelak, and K. Nagai, eds., pages 466-480. CSLI Publications. 2009.

  12. A Compositional Account of Counterfactuals. In Meaning, Intentions, and Argumentation, K. Korta and J. Garmendia, eds., CSLI Publications, pages 131-164. 2008. With N. Asher.

  13. Semantic Heterogeneity in Evidentials. In New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: JSAI 2007 Conference and Workshops Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science series 4914, Ken Satoh, Akihiro Inokuchi, Katashi Nagao and Takahiro Kawamura, eds., Springer, pages 81-94. 2008.

  14. Reflexive Intransitives in Spanish and Event Semantics, in Event Structures in Linguistic Form and Interpre- tation, Johannes Dölling and Tatjana Heyde-Zybatow, eds., Mouton de Gruyter, pages 223-244. 2008. With C. Nishida.

  15. Modals, Emotives, and Modal Subordination. In Recent Advances in the Syntax and Semantics of Tense, Aspect and Modality, Louis de Saussure, Jacques Moeschler, and Genoveva Puskás, eds., Mouton de Gruyter, pages 11-46. 2007. With N. Asher.

  16. Sekkaku. Japanese/Korean Linguistics 15, Naomi McGloin and Junko Mori, eds., pages 418-429, CSLI Publications. 2007.

  1. Aspects of the Indefiniteness Effect. In Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 4384: JSAI Conference and Workshops, Revised Selected Papers, T. Washio, K. Satoh, H. Takeda, and A. Inokuchi, eds., pages 162-176. 2007. With L. Wang.

  2. The Dynamics of a Japanese Reflexive Pronoun, in New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence 3609: JSAI 2003 and JSAI 2004 Conferences and Workshops, Revised Selected Papers, A. Sakurai, K. Hasida and K. Nitta, eds., Springer Verlag, Berlin, pages 405-415. 2007.

  3. The Meaning of Japanese YO, in New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence 4012: Joint JSAI 2005 Worshop Post-Proceedings, T. Washio, A. Sakurai, S. Tojoo and M. Yokoo, eds., Springer Verlag, pp. 141-148. 2006.

  4. Information Dependency in Quantificational Subordination, in Where Semantics Meets Pragmatics: the Michigan Papers, K. Turner and K. von Heusinger, eds., Elsevier Press, Oxford, pp. 267-304. 2006. With L. Wang and N. Asher.

  5. Conceptualizing Created Objects, in Studies in Language Sciences 5, M. Nakayama, M. Minami, H. Morikawa, K. Nakamura and H. Sirai, eds., Kurosio Press, Tokyo. Pp. 137-146. 2005.

Conference proceedings:

  1. An Invocational Theory of Slurs. In Proceedings of LENLS14. 2017. With C. Davis.

  2. How Dogwhistles Work. In Proceedings of LENLS14. 2017. With R. Henderson.

  3. Negotiating Epistemic Authority. In Proceedings of LENLS13. 2016. With G. Winterstein.

  4. Expressives in Questions. In Mary Moroney, Carol-Rose Little, Jacob Collard, and Dan Burgdorf (eds.), Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 26, 753-772: LSA and CLC Publications. 2016. With C. Davis.

  5. Particles of (Un)expectedness: Cantonese Wo and Lo. Proceedings of LENLS12, pp. 2538. 2015. With Y. Hara.

  6. Honorific Composition in Glue. Proceedings of TLS 14, K. Jerro and K Mesh, eds., pp. 2-17. With K. Kudo and K. Kusumoto. 2015.

  7. A Semantics for Honorifics with Reference to Thai. Proceedings of PACLIC 28, W. Aroonmanakun, P. Boonkwan, and T. Supnithi, eds, Chulalongkorn University. pp. 513521. 2014.

  8. Anaphoric demonstratives and the interlocutors’ mutual knowledge: The cases of Japanese and English. Pro- ceedings of PACLIC 28, , W. Aroonmanakun, P. Boonkwan, and T. Supnithi, eds, Chulalongkorn University.. With D. Y. Oshima. pp. 214223. 2014.

  9. Japanese Honorification: Compositionality and Expressivity. Proceedings of FAJL 7, MITWPL, S. Kawahara and M. Igarashi, eds., pp. 265276. With D. Bekki and N. Watanabe. 2014.

  10. CI via DTS. Proceedings of LENLS 11, K. Mineshima, ed., pp. 110123. JSAI. With D. Bekki. 2014.

  11. Honorific Denotations. Proceedings of LENLS 11, K. Mineshima, ed., pp. 152165. JSAI. 2014.

  12. Discourse-Level Politeness and Implicature. Proceedings of LENLS10, JSAI. With N. Asher. 2013.

  13. Winning Strategies in Politeness. Proceedings of LENLS 9, JSAI, A. Butler, ed., pp. 87-97. With N. Asher. 2012.

  14. Classification without Assertion. Proceedings of FAJL 5, MITWPL, M. Tucker, A. Thompson, O. Northrup, R. Bennett, eds., pp. 141-144. 2012.

  1. Operating on Presuppositions: Sekkaku Revisited. Proceedings of FAJL 5, MITWPL, M. Tucker, A. Thomp-

    son, O. Northrup, R. Bennett, eds., pp. 155-166. With Y. Sudo. 2012.

  2. Quantification in East Asian Languages. Proceedings of International Conference of Cognitive Science 2008.

  3. Evidentials, Knowledge and Belief. Proceedings of LENLS2008, pp.156-167, Y. Nakayama. ed. Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence.

  4. Particles, Coherence and Modality. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 12, Atle Grønn, ed., Oslo: De- partment of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo, pp. 430-441. 2008.

  5. Discourse Anaphora and Progressivized Verbs of Creation, in Proceedings of CLS 39, Chicago Linguistics Society, Chicago IL, pp. 270-287. 2007.

  6. Semantic Heterogeneity in Evidentials. Proceedings of LENLS2007, Kei Yoshimoto, ed., pp. XXX, Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. 2007.

  7. Context Shifting in Questions and Elsewhere, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 11, E. Puig-Waldmüller (ed.), Barcelona: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, pp. 433-447, 2007.

  8. Binding Across Questions. In Proceedings of LENLS2006, Eric McCready, ed. Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. With L. Wang, 2006.

  9. Nominal Appositives in Context, in Proceedings of WECOL 2004. M.T. Martinez, A. Alcazar, and R.M. Hernandez, eds., pp. 411-423. 2006. With B. Reese and L. Wang.

  10. English Sentence-Initial Man. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 10. ZASPIL–ZAS Papers in Linguistics, vol. 44, C. Ebert and C. Endriss, eds., pp. 211-223. 2006.

  11. Intuiting the Truth about Definite Descriptions. In Proceedings of Second Conference on Experience and Truth. With L. Wang. 2005.

  12. Maximality and Plurality. In Proceedings of LENLS 2005, N. Ogata and K. Yabusita, eds. pp. XXXX. With L. Wang. Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. 2005

  13. The Dynamics of YO. In Proceedings of LENLS 2005, N. Ogata and K. Yabusita, eds. p XXX. Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. 2005.

  14. Modal Subordination in Japanese: Dynamics and Evidentiality, in Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 12.1: Proceedings of the 29th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium, A. Eilam, T. Scheffler, and J. Tauberer, eds., pp. 237-249. 2006. With N. Asher.

  15. On the Semantics and Pragmatics of the Japanese Particle Yo. In Proceedings of Formal and Computational Approaches to Discourse and Other Particles, L. Alonso and H. Zeevat, eds. pp XXX. 2005.

  16. Two Japanese Adverbials and Expressive Content, in Proceedings of SALT 14, K. Watanabe and R. Young, eds., CLC, Ithaca, pp. 163-178. 2004..

  17. Toward a Dynamic Account of Japanese Zibun, in Proceedings of the International Workshop on Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics, Norihiro Ogata (ed.). pp XXX. Japanese Society for Artifi- cial Intelligence. 2004.

  18. Extracting and Using Discourse Structure to Resolve Anaphoric Dependencies: Combining Logico-Semantic and Statistical Approaches, in Proceedings of TALN 2004. pp. XXX. 2004. With N. Asher, P. Denis, J. Kuhn, E. Larson, A. Palmer, B. Reese, and L. Wang.

   33. Anaphora and (Un)finished Objects, in Proceedings of WCCFL 22, G. Garding and M. Tsujimura, eds. Cascadilla Press, Somerville MA. pp 328-341. 2003

Reviews and Notices:

  1. Review of Quantity Implicatures, Bart Geurts, Cambridge University Press. Studies in English Literature 89: 203213. 2012.

  2. Review of Conceptual Atomism and the Computational Theory of Mind, John-Michael Kuczynski, John Benjamins. Journal of Pragmatics 42(1): 274-278.

  3. Book notice for Simple Sentences, Substitution, and Intuitions, Jennifer Saul, Oxford University Press, 2007. eLanguage, in press.

  4. Review of The Logic of Conventional Implicatures, Christopher Potts, Oxford University Press 2005. Eibungakkai [Studies in English Literature] 84(2): 308-315.

  5. Book notice for Perspectives on Dialogue in the New Millenium, Peter Kühnlein, Hannes Rieser, and Henk Zeevat, eds., John Benjamins, 2003. Language 83(3), 687-688. 2005.

  6. Review of Game Theory and Pragmatics, Anton Benz, Gerhard Jäger, and Robert van Rooij, eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Linguist List. 2006.
    Available from

  7. Book notice for Presupposition and Discourse Functions of the Japanese Particle ‘Mo’, Sachiko Shudo, Routledge, 2002. Language 81(1): 291-292. 2004.

  8. Review of Ellipsis and Reference Tracking in Japanese, Shigeko Nariyama, John Benjamins, 2003. Linguist List. 2004.
    Available from