A Note on Ought and OUGHT in English
Richard Kayne
July 2022

The interpretation of certain modal sentences rests on the presence within them of certain silent modal elements. The language faculty imposes the presence of these silent elements via a Principle of Decompositionality that prohibits multiple interpretable syntactic features on a single node.
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keywords: ought, should, modal, necessity, decompositionality, semantics, syntax
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