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Modals and Conditionals


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1: What Must and Can Must and Can Mean 2: The Notional Category of Modality 3: Partition and Revision: The Semantics of Counterfactuals 4: Conditionals 5: An Investigation of the Lumps of Thought 6: Facts: Particulars or Information Units? References Index

About the Author

Angelika Kratzer was educated at the Universities of Munich, Konstanz, Heidelberg and Wellington/New Zealand and is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her areas of specialization are semantics and the syntax/semantics interface. Research interests include event and situation semantics, context dependency, modals and conditionals, argument structure, verbal inflectional morphology, cross-linguistic quantification, the typology of pronouns, and meaning and intonation. With Irene Heim, Angelika Kratzer is co-author of Semantics and Generative Grammar (Blackwell, 1998) and co-founder and co-editor of Natural Language Semantics.


The book's contents add up to some of the most important work on modals and conditionals. It will be of central interest to linguists and philosophers of language of all theoretical persuasions. * MathSciNet *
An indispensible resource. * Francois Recanati, Institut Jean Nicod *
This book is a treasure of the puzzles, illustrations, and parables that have shaped the modern view of the language of modals and conditionals. It defines the standard against which all theorizing on the subject is to be measured. A classic. * Barry Schein, University of Southern California *
This work collects and dramatically expands upon Angelika Kratzer's now classic papers. There is scarcely an area of philosophy that remains or will remain untouched by their influence. * Jason Stanley, Rutgers University *

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