Forthcoming in: Noûs
Do we need dynamic semantics?
Forthcoming in: Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning, edited by Alexis Burgess and Brett Sherman, OUP
Review of François Recanati, Truth-Conditional Pragmatics, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Forthcoming in: Mind
Work in progress
Anaphora and Negation: Trouble for dynamic semantics
I argue that contrary to expectations, it is actually dynamic semantics, and not static semantics plus dynamic pragmatics, that has difficulty accounting for the behavior of indefinite descriptions under the scope of negation and their relationship to anaphoric pronouns. In particular I argue that the vast majorityof existing dynamic semantic accounts of negation predict that anaphoric pronouns will be felicitous internal to negation and infelicitous external to it. I argue that both elements of this prediction fails, and offer a static semantics and dynamic pragmatics that better accounts for the data.
Draft coming soon.
A new puzzle about epistemic modals
(Joint work with Ben Lennertz)
In this paper we present a problem for most views of epistemic modals. The problem stems from the interaction of epistemic modals and the term 'because' in sentences like 'Joe might be the thief because he has crumbs in his pocket'. I'll post more about this project soon!