Compositionality II: Arguments and problems
2010 (English)In: Philosophy Compass, ISSN 1747-9991, Vol. 5, no 3, 265-282 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This is the second part of a two-part article on compositionality, i.e. the principle that the meaning of a complex expression is determined by the meanings of its parts and the way they are put together. In the first, Pagin and Westerståhl (2010), we provide a general historical background, a formal framework, definitions, and a survey of variants of compositionality. It will be referred to as Part I. Here we discuss arguments for and against the claim that natural languages have a compositional semantics. We also discuss some problem cases, including belief reports, quotation, idioms, and ambiguity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell , 2010. Vol. 5, no 3, 265-282 p.
Research subject Theoretical Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-39568DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2009.00229.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-39568DiVA: diva2:320744