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Compositionality II: Arguments and problems
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy. (Theoretical Philosophy)
Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori. (Theoretical Philosophy)
2010 (English)In: Philosophy Compass, ISSN 1747-9991, Vol. 5, no 3, 265-282 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell , 2010. Vol. 5, no 3, 265-282 p.
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Compositionality, semantics
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Theoretical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-39568DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2009.00229.xOAI: diva2:320744
Available from: 2010-05-26 Created: 2010-05-26 Last updated: 2010-10-13Bibliographically approved

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