On Context Dependence In Modal Constructions

Anette Frank, Hans Kamp

Abstract


This paper investigates a new representation format for dynamic discourse in DRT, where contextual dynamics is modeled in terms of update conditions. This new representation format is motivated by the study of context depen­dence in modal constructions, in particular by serious problems besetting ear­lier approaches to modality and modal subordination in DRT. We present an alternative DRT analysis that provides a unified analysis of relative modality and modal subordination, and which accounts for a wider range of data as regards modal subordination relative to negation and graded modal contexts.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v7i0.2790

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