bridging the divide: scalarity & modality.
my dissertation (2014), which comprised three core projects, which continue to engender new projects.
- ⊖gradable modal adjectives. (chs. 2-3) i argue that a kennedy-style degree semantics can be given for gradable modals, while also maintaining a kratzter-style modal semantics generally. a part of this research was presented at SUB 16 (paper), and i'm currently working on a manuscript for submission to a journal.
- ⊖modal modifiers. (ch. 5) a project looking at modifiers of modals, like easily in the sentence That could easily have fallen. the upshot is to provide a scalar treatment of these modifiers while maintaining a more or less traditional kratzerian treatment of modals. i presented work from this project at the 2013 LSA (poster, long abstract); and at NELS 44 (paper).
- ⊚imprecision and modality. (ch. 4) a project seeking to apply a theory of imprecision to modality in order to explain certain domain shifting effects seen in modals and conditionals. this has spawned a bigger project.