Research  My research interests include:
  • Pragmatics and lexical semantics (presupposition triggering; types and strengths of presuppositions; computational semantics, in particular distributional semantics)
  • Discourse structure
  • The semantics-syntax interface (weak islands, the semantics of questions, the semantics of degree expressions)
  • Hungarian (free choice indefinites, vowel-zero alternations)

Selected Papers

Lexical semantics

Asher, N., Van de Cruys, T., Bride, A., Abrusán, M. (to appear) Integrating type theory and distributional semantics: a case study 
          on adjective-noun compositions. to appear in Computational Linguistics

Abrusán, M. (2016). Coercion and Pragmatic Presuppositions. Inquiry 59(5), 529-541, 2016                 


Presupposition Cancellation: Explaining the Soft-Hard Distinction  (pdf )
        draft manuscript, final version in Natural Language Semantics 24(2): 165-202, 2016. doi:10.1007/s11050-016-9122-7

(with Kriszta SzendrőiExperimenting with the king of France: Topics, verifiability and definite descriptions  (pdf)
        Semantics and Pragmatics Volume 6, Article 10:1-43, 2013

Predicting the Presuppositions of Soft Triggers  (pdf open access)   
       Linguistics and Philosoph34(6), 491-535, 2011, doi: 10.1007/s10988-012-9108-y
        -- A shorter but different version has appeared in the Proceedings of SALT 20: 684-701, 2011 

A Note on Quasi-presuppositions and Focus earlier draft--January 31, 2011  (pdf)
        Journal of Semantics 2012; doi: 10.1093/jos/ffs010   

Discourse Structure

Hunter, J. and M. Abrusán (2016). Rhetorical relations and QUDs, in New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: JSAI-isAI Workshops
        LENLS, JURISIN, KCSD, LLLL Revised Selected Papers, Springer. 

Weak Islands,  Semantics of degrees

Book:  Weak Island Semantics, Oxford University Press.  See publisher's page

Wh-islands in Degree Questions 
       Semantics and Pragmatics Volume 4, Article 5: 1–44, 2011.
       --A related but mistaken paper has appeared in the Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 13, Stuttgart 

Presuppositional and Negative Islands: A Semantic Account (preprint 56pages)                    
        Natural Language Semantics 19(3). 257–321, 2011.
       --A shorter version of this paper has appeared in the Proceedings of SALT 18  (pdf 18pages)

(with Benjamin Spector) An Interval Based Semantics for Negative Degree Questions  (preprint)
         Journal of Semantics 28(1). 107-147, 2011.
        -- An earlier version of this paper has appeared in the Proceedings of WCCFL 27. UCLA (pdf)

A Semantic Analysis of Negative Islands with Manner Questions (pdf)
         Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 12, Oslo


Even and Free Choice Any in Hungarian  (pdf)
        Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 11, Barcelona

Underspecified Precedence Relation and Vowel-Zero Alternations in Hungarian (pdf)         
        Proceedings of BLS 31