Logic and Language


Friederike Moltmann (CNRS-IHPST/NYU): Clauses as Predicates of Modal and Attitudinal Objects


Speaker: Friederike Moltmann (CNRS-IHPST/NYU)
Title: Clauses as Predicates of Modal and Attitudinal Objects
Date:
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
Location: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15

Abstract: This talk develops the view that clauses (as complements of both
attitudinal and modal predicates) are not terms standing for
propositions, but rather are predicates of cognitive, illocutionary,
or modal products, entities of the sort of claims, thoughts,
decisions, demands, offers, possibilities, and needs. The view will be
applied to different types of complement clauses and embedding
predicates by making use of the idea that attitudinal and modal
objects are not only the bearers of truth- or satisfaction
conditions, but also the bearers of truthmakers or satisfiers, of
various sorts. The view will furthermore be applied to different types
of 'modal concord' or 'harmonic' modals.