The standard account of modal expressions in natural language analyzes them as quantifiers over a set of possible worlds determined by the evaluation world and an accessibility relation. A number of authors have recently argued for an alternative account according to which modals are analyzed as quantifying over a domain of possible worlds that is specified directly in the points of evaluation. Bu... read moret the new approach only handles the data motivating it if it is supplemented with a non-standard account of attitude verbs and conditionals. It can be shown the the relational account handles the same data equally well if it too is supplemented with a non-standard account of such expressions.read less
Ninan, Dilip. "Relational Semantics and Domain Semantics for Epistemic Modals." Journal of Philosophical Logic (October 26, 2016). The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10992-016-9414-x.