Invariantist ‘might’ and modal meaning change
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Invariantism proposed by Braun (Linguistics and Philosophy 35(6):461–489, 2012) aims to maintain full identity of semantic content between all uses of ‘might’. I invoke well-known facts regarding diachronic change in meanings of modals to argue that invariantism commits us to implausible duplication of familiar processes of lexical semantic change on the level of “lexical pragmatics”, with no obvious payoff.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Linguistics and Philosophy
Yanovich, Igor. “Invariantist ‘might’ and Modal Meaning Change.” Linguist and Philos 36, no. 2 (April 2013): 175–180.
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