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Questions about compositionality
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2015 (English)In: Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science: Proceedings of the 14th International Congress (Nancy). Logic and science facing the new technologies / [ed] Peter Schroeder-Heister, Gerhard Heinzmann, Wilfrid Hodges, Pierre Edouard Bour, London: College Publications, 2015, 123-147 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Compositionality is currently discussed mainly in computer science, linguistics, and the philosophy of language. In computer science, it is seen as a desirable design principle. But in linguistics and especially in philosophy it is an *issue*. Most theorists have strong opinions about it. Opinions, however, vary drastically: from the view that compositionality is trivial or empty, or that it is simply false for natural languages, to the idea that it plays an important role in explaining human linguistic competence. This situation is unsatisfactory, and may lead an outside observer to conclude that the debate is hopelessly confused.

I believe there is something in the charge of confusion, but that compositionality is nevertheless an idea that deserves serious consideration, for logical as well as natural languages. In this paper I try to illustrate why, without presupposing extensive background knowledge about the issue.

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London: College Publications, 2015. 123-147 p.
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Mathematical Logic; Theoretical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125504ISBN: 9781848901698OAI: diva2:893599
14th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2016-01-13Bibliographically approved

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