21 May 2019: Una Stojnic

Contextualizing Modality

AbstractIn this talk I look at some of the puzzling phenomena that arise in the presence of modal discourse, which seem to evade the standard contextualist truth-conditional analysis of modal discourse, and which have fueled a departure from truth-conditional accounts of meaning in recent literature. I argue this is unwarranted: a more nuanced account of the discourse dependences that modal expressions are sensitive to is required instead.