as announced over at kai’s site, we at last have a draft (fit for public consumption) of our paper affectionately known as “shatner”. it’s on squaring a strong quantificational story about epistemic must with what we call karttunen’s problem. the problem goes like this:
if you’re looking outside seeing it pour cats and dogs then it’s really odd to say it must be raining and perfectly ok to say it’s raining but if you see people come inside with wet umbrellas, galoshes, and slickers then it’s fine to say either — that’s pretty much backwards from what you’d expect if must were a strong necessity modal
since this site is going with me to jersey it’s probably best to get the paper here. now that shatner is under review, we probably won’t be presenting him anymore. which means … we’ll eventually … have … to retire … this … impersonation…gag.