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Posted On: October 05, 2020

'Truthmaker Semantics for Natural Language: Attitude Verbs, Modals, and Intensional Transitive Verbs', version September 2020, to appear in Theoretical Linguistics

This paper gives an outline of truthmaker semantics for natural language against the background of standard possible-worlds semantics. It develops a truthmaker semantics for attitude reports and deontic modals based on an ontology of attitudinal and modal objects and on a semantic function of clauses as predicates of such objects. The semantics is applied to factive verbs and response-stance verbs as well as to cases of modal concord. The paper also presents new motivations for 'object-based truthmaker semantics' from intensional transitive verbs such as need, look for, own, and buy and gives an outline of their semantics based on a further development of truthmaker semantics.

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