This book contains updated and substantially revised versions of Angelika Kratzer's classic papers on modals and conditionals, including 'What "must" and "can" must and can mean', 'Partition and Revision', 'The Notional Category of Modality', 'Conditionals', 'An Investigation of the Lumps of Thought', and 'Facts: Particulars or Information Units?'. The book's contents add up to some of the most important work on modals and conditionals in particular and on the
semantics-syntax interface more generally. It will be of central interest to linguists and philosophers of language of all theoretical persuasions.
Angelika Kratzer was educated at the Universities of Munich, Konstanz, Heidelberg and Wellington/New Zealand and is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her areas of specialization are semantics and the syntax/semantics interface. Research interests include event and situation semantics, context dependency, modals and conditionals, argument structure, verbal inflectional morphology, cross-linguistic quantification, the typology of pronouns, and meaning and intonation. With Irene Heim, Angelika Kratzer is co-author of Semantics and Generative Grammar (Blackwell, 1998) and co-founder and co-editor of Natural Language Semantics.
1. What Must and Can Must and Can Mean ; 2. The Notional Category of Modality ; 3. Partition and Revision: The Semantics of Counterfactuals ; 4. Conditionals ; 5. An Investigation of the Lumps of Thought ; 6. Facts: Particulars or Information Units? ; References ; Index