Multiple Modals Construction

  • Fabrice Nauze


Modal items of different semantic types can only be combined in a specific order. Epistemic items, for instance, cannot be embedded under deontic ones. I’ll argue that this fact cannot be explained by the current semantic theories of modality. A solution to this problem will be developed in an update semantics framework. On the semantic side, a distinction will be drawn between circumstantial information about the world and information about duties, whereas I’ll use Nuyts’ notion of m-performativity to account for certain use of the modal items.
How to Cite
Nauze, F. (2019). Multiple Modals Construction. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 10(2), 251-264.