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Judge Dependence, Epistemic Modals, and Predicates of Personal Taste

Tamina Stephenson
Linguistics and Philosophy
Vol. 30, No. 4 (2007), pp. 487-525
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29737209
Page Count: 39
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Abstract

Predicates of personal taste (fun, tasty) and epistemic modals (might, must) share a similar analytical difficulty in determining whose taste or knowledge is being expressed. Accordingly, they have parallel behavior in attitude reports and in a certain kind of disagreement. On the other hand, they differ in how freely they can be linked to a contextually salient individual, with epistemic modals being much more restricted in this respect. I propose an account of both classes using Lasersohn's (Linguistics and Philosophy 28: 643-686, 2005) "judge" parameter, at the same time arguing for crucial changes to Lasersohn's view in order to allow the extension to epistemic modals and address empirical problems faced by his account.

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