Publications

Papers

Chemla, E., V. Homer and D. Rothschild,
(2012) Downloadable here.
Modularity and Intuitions in Formal Semantics: The Case of Polarity Items
Linguistics and Philosophy
Keywords: NPI, Scalar implicature, Monotonicity
Homer, V.,
(2012) Downloadable here, and on the Semantics Archive.
Neg-raising and Positive Polarity: The View from Modals
Semantics and Pragmatics, accepted with minor revisions.

Keywords: Neg-raising, PPI, Homogeneity, Modals
Homer, V., 
(2012) Downloadable here. 
Domains of Polarity Items
Journal of Semantics, accepted with minor revisions.
Keywords: Polarity, PPI, NPI, Cyclicity
Homer, V.,
(2011) Downloadable here.
As Simple as It Seems
Proceedings of the 18th Amsterdam Colloquium.
Keywords: PPI, Modal, Movement 
Homer, V.,
(2010) Downloadable here.
Actuality Entailments and Aspectual Coercion, ms., Dec. 19 2010 (revised and augmented version of the article on Lingbuzz)
Keywords: Actuality entailment, Aspectual coercion, French
Homer, V., 
(2010) Downloadable here.
Presuppositions and NPI Licensing, ms., Dec. 8 2010
Keywords: NPI, Presupposition
Homer, V.,
(2010) Downloadable here and on Lingbuzz.
Actuality Entailments in French: A Case of Aspectual Coercion
Proceedings of WCCFL 28.
Homer, V.,
(2010) Downloadable here and on Lingbuzz.
Epistemic Modals: High ma non troppo
Proceedings of NELS 40.

Homer, V. and T. Ishizuka,
(2009) Downloadable here and on Lingbuzz.
Only One (s)ase: Looking at Japanese Causatives from a French Perspective
Proceedings of CLS 45.
Homer, V.,
(2009) Downloadable here and on Lingbuzz.
Backward Control in Samoan
Proceedings of AFLA 16.
Homer, V.,
(2008) Downloadable here.
Presuppositions Can Be Disruptors Too: A Case against Strawson-Entailment
Proceedings of WCCFL 27.
Homer, V.,
(2008) Downloadable here.
Disruption of NPI Licensing: The Case of Presuppositions
Proceedings of SALT 18.

Homer, V.,
(2006) Downloadable here.
Nested Choice Functions, ms.
Homer, V.,
(2006) Downloadable here.
The Problem of Strong Pronouns in French Possessive Constructions, ms.

 
 

Presentations

Bhatt, R. and V. Homer,
(2014) Handout downloadable here.
The Interpretation of Infinitival Negation in Hindi-Urdu
Paper presented at FASAL 4. March 30. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Homer, V.,
(2014)  Slides downloadable here.
Anatomy of ne... que
Paper presented at WCCFL 32. March 9. USC, Los Angeles, CA.  
Homer, V.,
(2013) Slides downloadable here.
On the Nonexistence of Negative Quantifiers: The Case of Haitian Creole
Paper presented at the Paris 8 Seminar on Creole Languages. October 7. Saint-Denis, France.
Homer, V., and C. Geraci,
(2013)  Poster downloadable here.
Can't We Make it Possible? Maybe (not)
Poster presented at TISLR 11. July 12. UCL, London, UK.  
Homer, V.,
(2013) Slides downloadable here.
Polarity and Grammar
Invited talk. April 9. UCL, London, UK.
Homer, V. and T. Thommen,
(2013)  Slides downloadable here.
Remarks on a Language with No Overt Negation
Paper presented at the 14th Szklarska Poreba Workshop. March 1-4. Szklarska Poreba, Poland.  
Homer, V.,
(2013) 
Polarity and Grammar
Invited talk. March 1st. UMass, Amherst, MA.
Homer, V.,
(2013) Slides downloadable here.
Escape!
Invited talk. February 28. UMass, Amherst, MA.  
Homer, V.,
(2013) 
Polarity and Grammar
Invited talk. February 25. UConn, Storrs, CT.
Homer, V.,
(2013) 
Polarity and Grammar
Invited talk. February 8. UT Arlington, TX.  
Homer, V.,
(2012) Slides downloadable here.
What ne... que Presupposes
Paper presented at the LANGUAGE Seminar. December 19. École normale supérieure, Paris, France.
Homer, V.,
(2012)  Slides downloadable here.
Why Do Modals Vary?
Three lectures given at EALing '12. September 14-16. École normale supérieure, Paris, France. 
Homer, V.,
(2012) Slides downloadable here.
As Simple as It Seems
Paper presented at BLS 38. February 12. UC Berkeley, CA.
Homer, V.,
(2011)  Slides downloadable here.
As Simple as It Seems
Paper presented at the 18th Amsterdam Colloquium. December 19. University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Homer, V.,
(2011) Slides downloadable here.
To Possess and to Control: Genitive DPs in Samoan
Invited talk at the Case by Case Workshop. October 22. École normale supérieure, Paris, France.
Homer, V.,
(2011)  Slides downloadable here.
Neg-raising: The View from Modals
Invited talk at the Speaking of Time and Possibility Workshop II. June 4. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.
Homer, V.,
(2011) Poster and handout downloadable.
On the Dependent Character of PI Licensing
Poster presented at SALT 21. May 21. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Homer, V. and D. Sportiche,
(2011)  Slides downloadable here.
Clitics in French Causatives: Wait and See
Paper presented at GLOW 34. April 28. University of Vienna, Austria.
Homer, V.,
(2011) Slides downloadable here.
On the Dependent Character of PI Licensing
Paper presented at the Intervention from a Semantic Perspective Workshop at GLOW 34. April 27. University of Vienna, Austria.
Homer, V.,
(2010)  Slides downloadable here.
Domaines des items à polarité (in French)
Invited talk at Paris-Diderot LingLunch. December 16. Paris, France.
Chemla, E., V. Homer and D. Rothschild,
(2010) Slides downloadable here.
Negative Polarity Items: Language Meets Logic, Subjectively
Paper presented at the Euro-XPRAG Workshop. June 11. University of Leuven, Belgium.
Homer, V.,
(2010) 
French Modals and Perfective: A Case of Aspectual Coercion
Paper presented at JSM 8. March 25-26. LORIA-INRIA, Nancy, France.
Homer, V.,
(2010)
French Modals and Perfective: A Case of Aspectual Coercion
Paper presented at WCCFL 28. February 19-21. USC, Los Angeles, CA.
Homer, V.,
(2009) Slides downloadable here.
Epistemic Modals: High ma non troppo
Paper presented at NELS 40. November 13-15. MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Homer, V.,
(2009) Slides downloadable here.
Here and There: The Curious Case of Samoan Possessors
Paper presented at AFLA 16. May 1-3. UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA.
Homer, V.,
(2009) Slides downloadable here.
Here and There: The Curious Case of Samoan Possessors
Paper presented at CLS 45. April 16-18. Chicago University, Chicago, IL.
Homer, V. and T. Ishizuka,
(2009) Slides downloadable here.
Looking at Japanese Causatives from a French Perspective
Paper presented at CLS 45. April 16-18. Chicago University, Chicago, IL.
Homer, V., T. Ishizuka and D. Sportiche,
(2009) Slides downloadable here.
The Locality of Clitic Placement and the Analysis of French Causatives
Paper presented at LSRL 39.
March 27-29. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Homer, V., T. Ishizuka and D. Sportiche,
(2009) Slides downloadable here.
The Locality of Clitic Placement and the Analysis of French Causatives
Paper presented at GLOW Asia 7. February 25-28. The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India.
Homer, V.,
(2009) Slides downloadable here.
Presuppositions Can Disrupt NPI Licensing
Invited talk at Ivano Caponigro's Semantics Seminar. February 17. UCSD, San Diego, CA.
Homer, V.,
(2008) Slides downloadable here.
Presuppositions Can Be Disruptors Too: A Case against Strawson-Entailment
Talk given at WCCFL 27. May 16-18. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

Homer, V.,
(2008) Handout downloadable here.
Disruption of NPI Licensing: The Case of Presuppositions
Talk given at SALT 18. March 21-23. UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA. 

Ph.D. Thesis

(2010) Downloadable here.
Polarity and Modality
Abstract: This dissertation investigates two main topics, namely polarity sensitivity and the syntax and semantics of modals, as well as the intersection of the two.
It offers a general theory of licensing, which applies to positive and negative polarity items alike. Four fundamental properties are established: (i.) licensing is environment-based, i.e. it is constituents that license polarity items (PIs); (ii.) only some constituents are eligible for licensing; (iii.) the evaluation of constituents is cyclic; (iv.) within a given constituent A, the licensing of a PI π is dependent on the licensing of all other PIs within A. These properties are used to show, against the consensus among researchers, that PPIs of the some-type are vulnerable to the very logical property that NPIs of the any-type require, namely downward-entailingness.
Some facts involving NPIs licensed in contexts whose monotonicity is ruined by a presupposition have led some to hypothesize that downward-entailingness is in fact too strong a requirement; proposals were made to weaken it (cf. von Fintel 1999). This dissertation shows that such a move is unwarranted: NPIs are indeed anti-licensed by presuppositions. But it also provides evidence that certain presuppositions are not incorporated into the meaning that is relevant for NPI licensing, and therefore fail to be disruptive. In light of these facts, the dissertation offers an original typology of presuppositions based on their interaction with NPIs.
On the positive polarity side, the dissertation shows that the deontic modals must, should and supposed are all PPIs which raise in order to avoid being in the scope of an offending expression; it also establishes that should has a dual nature (it is a neg-raising predicate, which achieves wide scope through a homogeneity inference; and it is also a PPI) and that supposed exhibits a neg-raising behavior under certain pragmatic conditions which shed new light on the neg-raising phenomenon.
Lastly, the dissertation focuses on the stativity of root modals and derives the phenomenon known as actuality entailment (i.e. the inference, which obtains in the perfective, that the complement of a root modal holds in the actual world, cf. Bhatt 1999 and Hacquard 2006) as the effect of an operation of aspectual coercion made necessary to repair the incompatibility between a stative predicate and the perfective viewpoint aspect.
Keywords: NPI, PPI, Modal, Neg-raising, Aspect, Actuality entailment, Presupposition.

M.A. Thesis

(2007) Downloadable here.
Intervention Effects: The Case of Presuppositions
Abstract: The thesis comprises two parts. The first chapter is a case study in comparative semantics: I analyze the disruption of NPI licensing caused by the Italian indicative in clauses embedded under epistemic predicates (i.e. credere), and examine concurrently the French indicative, which is not a presupposition trigger, and is not disruptive in such contexts. Through the lens of NPI licensing, I provide new insights in the mechanics of mood selection in the two languages: for instance, I establish that the appearance of the indicative under Italian epistemic predicates is dependent on at least three factors, i.e. the Morphology Factor, the Congruence with the Speaker’s Assumptions Factor, and the Strength of Belief Factor. The latter prompts a revision of the semantics of epistemic predicates, whereby degrees of belief are introduced. The second chapter establishes that the meaning that is relevant for the computation of NPI licensing sometimes encompasses presuppositions.
Keywords: Subjunctive, French, Italian, NPI, Presupposition.