Selection Function Semantics for Will

Fabrizio Cariani, Paolo Santorio

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We develop a new semantics for the English auxiliary will that exploits a Stalnaker-style, single-world selection function. Unlike existing theories, the resulting analysis succeeds in satisfying three desiderata: it accounts for the modal character of will, it predicts its peculiar lack of scope interactions, and it vindicates intuitive judgments about the probabilities of will-claims.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium (2015)
EditorsThomas Brochhagen, Floris Roelofsen, Nadine Theiler
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2015

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    Cariani, F., & Santorio, P. (2015). Selection Function Semantics for Will. In T. Brochhagen, F. Roelofsen, & N. Theiler (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium (2015) (pp. 80-89)