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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium (2015)|
|Editors||Thomas Brochhagen, Floris Roelofsen, Nadine Theiler|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - 2015|