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Contextual Modals Horacio Arlo Costa1
 

Summary: Contextual Modals
Horacio Arl´o Costa1
and William Taysom2
1
Carnegie Mellon University,
hcosta@andrew.cmu.edu
2
Institute for Human and Machine Cognition,
wtaysom@ihmc.us
Abstract. In a series of recent articles Angelika Kratzer has argued that
the standard account of modality along Kripkean lines is inadequate in
order to represent context-dependent modals. In particular she argued
that the standard account is unable to deliver a non-trivial account of
modality capable of overcoming inconsistencies of the underlying conver-
sational background. She also emphasized the difficulties of characteriz-
ing context-dependent conditionals. As a response to these inadequacies
she offered a two-dimensional account of contextual modals. Two con-
versational backgrounds are essentially used in this characterization of
contextual modality.
We show in this paper that Kratzer's double relative models (with finite

  

Source: Andrews, Peter B. - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

 

Collections: Mathematics