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New forthcoming publication 'Situations, Alternatives, and the Semantics of Cases'

Posted On: August 19, 2019

'Situations, Alternatives, and the Semantics of Cases', to appear in Linguistics and Philosophy

Abstract: This paper argues that case-constructions are of considerable interest for philosophy of language and linguistic semantics (and syntax) and elaborates the overall view that NPs with case as head noun stand for situations in their role as truthmakers within a space of alternatives, determined by a sentence or an epistemic state. The semantics of case-constructions bears on a range of central issues in semantics, such as the ontology of situations, alternative semantics, kind reference, lexical actuality entailments, the syntax and semantics of relative clauses, conditionals, and epistemic modals.