Free Choice in Modal Contexts

  • Maria Aloni

Abstract

This article proposes a new analysis of modal expressions which (i) explains the difference between necessity and possibility modals with respect to the licensing of Free Choice any and (ii) accounts for the related phenomena of Free Choice disjunction in permissions and other possibility statements. Any and or are analyzed as operators introducing sets of alternative propositions. Modals are treated as quantifiers over these sets of alternatives. In this way they can be sensitive to the alternatives any and or introduce in their scope.
Published
2019-08-20
How to Cite
Aloni, M. (2019). Free Choice in Modal Contexts. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 7, 25-37. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2003.v7i0.789