Sven Lauer is the director of the Emmy Noether group What is it to ask a question? A formal pragmatic investigation of interrogative force at the Zukunftskolleg and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. Sven is a member of the Konstanz semantics & pragmatics community.
Sven’s main research interests are in formal approaches to the study of pragmatics and discourse (in particular: the form-force mapping, clause types, implicatures and other pragmatic inferences) and formal semantics (in particular: imperatives, interrogatives, exclamatives, non-truth-conditional meaning, modality, conditionals, tense, causatives, free-choice). More details are available in his CV (pdf) and his Google Scholar profile.
Lauer, Sven and Prerna Nadathur (ms.) Sufficiency causatives, in revision.
These two papers are companion pieces: Causal necessity … presents the basic English data and lays out our analysis in an informal (and hopefully accessible) way. Sufficiency causatives is a more techically-oriented paper that presents the formal analysis in detail and adds discussion of the German causative lassen.
Condoravdi, Cleo and Sven Lauer (2017): Conditional imperatives and endorsement, Proceedings of NELS 47, pages 185–204.
More publications, manuscripts and handouts/slides can be found on this page.