Clauses as Semantic Predicates: Difficulties for Possible-Worlds Semantics

Festschrift for Angelika Kratzer (2020)
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Abstract

The standard view of clauses embedded under attitude verbs or modal predicates is that they act as terms standing for propositions, a view that faces a range of philosophical and linguistic difficulties. Recently an alternative has been explored according to which embedded clauses act semantically as predicates of content-bearing objects. This paper argues that this approach faces serious problems when it is based on possible worlds-semantics. It outlines a development of the approach in terms of truthmaker theory instead

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Friederike Moltmann
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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