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Welcome to the home page for the New Research on Modality workshop. The workshop will be held  on May 9th, 2016 at the Georgetown University Linguistics Department. 

Over the past several years, Georgetown University has been the site of significant research on topics in modal semantics.  With funding from the National Science Foundation, this work centered around the project of understanding the relationship between gradability and modal semantics (‘The semantics of gradable modal expressions’, BCS-105303). It also included related projects on conditionals, mood, clause types, propositional attitudes, and the interaction among tense, aspect and modality.

We will be hosting a workshop on May 9, 2016 at which several semanticists, from Georgetown and elsewhere, will present and discuss new research on modality.  Our aim is to provide an opportunity for experts on modality from several major centers of research on the topic to share their most recent ideas.  We will also give a preview of a unique resource for research on modal semantics developed as part of the Georgetown gradable modality project, a corpus of modal expressions richly annotated with semantic information:  the Georgetown GME Corpus.

The workshop is free and open to the public.  For information, please contact Paul Portner (portnerp@georgetown.edu).