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Do modals take propositions or sets of propositions? Evidence from Japanese `darou'

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT 28)
PublisherLinguistic Society of America
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2018


The Japanese modal particle darou can take either a declarative or an interrogative prejacent (Hara 2006; Hara & Davis 2013). We point out, however, that its interrogative-embedding use cannot be reduced to its declarative-embedding use. This is problematic under the standard assumption that modal operators always apply to propositions, but not under more recent proposals which take modal op- erators to apply to sets of propositions. We develop a detailed account of darou, capturing its non-reductive nature as well as its puzzling interaction with intonation (Hara 2015).

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