Individuating beliefs: DP objects of attitude verbs and their domains of quantification

  • Nina Haslinger

Abstract

Attitude predicates can take DP arguments that seem to quantify over propositions. But letting the DPs range over arbitrary propositions predicts incorrect truth conditions when combined with a standard possible-worlds semantics for attitude verbs. Here, I develop a new descriptive generalization characterizing the relevant propositions: Each set S of propositions the determiner combines with is restricted to those propositions that partially answer a question in a certain set, and are ‘minimal’ within S among the partial answers to that question. The set of questions is derived from the Hamblin sets of questions raised in the context. While this paper does not provide a full analysis, I argue that the effects of this generalization are not limited to attitude predicates, suggesting that it reflects a more general property of DP quantification.
Published
2020-09-17
How to Cite
Haslinger, N. (2020). Individuating beliefs: DP objects of attitude verbs and their domains of quantification. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 24(1), 305-322. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2020.v24i1.869