temporality i: modality & tense.
this project examines the relationship between time and modality, particularly focusing on the constraints placed on temporal orientation by the presence or absence of modals.
- ⊛diagnosing modality in predictive expressions. (in journal of semantics, 2014). in this squib i argue that predictive expressions (will, gonna) are modals. i provide three novel diagnostics for modality and show that predictive expressions pass all of them; i also address prior arguments that predictive expressions are not modals.
- ⊛modality and embedded temporal operators. (in semantics & pragmatics, 2016.). in this paper i argue that modals, including attitude verbs, may constrain the temporality of their prejacents; moreover this fact can go a long way toward explaining the distribution and interpretation of embedded tenses. part of this work, focusing on embedded tense as well as another phenomenon which i call "temporal incommensurability" was presented at NELS 43 (paper).
- ⊖a formal pragamtic account of double access. in this paper i argue for a treatment of double access as a partly pragmatic phenomenon. double access has been a difficult problem for theories of embedded tense, which have for the past several decades been largely built around solving it. i propose that double access can be accounted for without a complicated semantics, by appealing to embedded implicature. this builds off of both my above paper on embedded tense, as well as my work on formal pragmatics. some early developments were presented at SUB 22 (slides). this project is in early stages.