Natural Language Semantics

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 65–94 | Cite as

Free choice, modals, and imperatives

  • Maria Aloni


The article proposes an analysis of imperatives and possibility and necessity statements that (i) explains their differences with respect to the licensing of free choice any and (ii) accounts for the related phenomena of free choice disjunction in imperatives, permissions, and statements. Any and or are analyzed as operators introducing sets of alternative propositions. Free choice licensing operators are treated as quantifiers over these sets. In this way their interpretation can be sensitive to the alternatives any and or introduce in their scope.


Free choice Indefinites Disjunction Alternatives Modals Imperatives 


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  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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