- Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
- List of Abbreviations
- The Contributors
- Compositionality: Its Historic Context
- Composition A Lity In Montague Grammar
- The case for compositionality
- Compositionality Problems and how to Solve Them
- Direct Compositionality
- Semantic Monadicity with Conceptual Polyadicity
- Holism And Compositionality.
- Composition Ality, Flexibility, And Context Dependence
- Compositionality in Kaplan Style Semantics
- Formalizing the relationship between meaning and syntax
- Compositionality and The Context Principle
- Compositionality In Discourse From A Logical Perspective
- Lexical Decomposition In Grammar
- Lexical Decomposition in Modern Syntactic Theory
- Syntax in the Atom
- Co-composition Ality in Grammar
- Typicality and Composition a Lity: the Logic of Combining Vague Concepts
- Emergency!!!! Challenges to a Compositional Understanding of Noun–noun Combinations
- Can Prototype Representations Support Composition And Decomposition?
- Regaining Composure: A Defence Of Prototype Compositionality.
- Simple Heuristics For Concept Combination
- Compositionality and Beyond: Embodied Meaning in Language and Protolanguage
- Compositionality and Linguistic Evolution
- Communication And The complexity of semantics
- Prototypes and their Composition from an Evolutionary Point of View
- Connectionism, Dynamical Cognition, and Non-Classical Compositional Representation
- The Dual-Mechanism Debate
- Compositionality and Biologically Plausible Models
- Neuronal Assembly Models of Compositionality
- Non-Symbolic Compositional Representation and Its Neuronal Foundation: To wards An Emulative Semantics
- The Processing Consequences of Compositionality
Abstract and Keywords
The principle of compositionality (PC) states that the meaning of a complex expression is a function of the lexical meanings of its components and the syntactic structure of the whole. PC is usually considered necessary for explaining the apparent ability of human language users to interpret arbitrary regular complex expressions efficiently and uniformly. The meaning of a syntactically regular expression derives from the meanings of its components in a regular way. Any given lexical expression is not just of a certain type, but belongs to hierarchies of types in the sense of Carpenter. The possible types form a semi-lattice ordered by the partial ordering relation of subsumption. The most specific, or minimal, type consists of solely an individual lexical expression. The most general type comprises all lexical expressions indiscriminately.
Sebastian Löbner first graduated in mathematics and then took a Ph.D. in General Linguistics at Düsseldorf University. He is now Professor at the Department of General Linguistics there. His main field of research is linguistic semantics; he has published on the semantics of NPs, quantification and negation, intensional verbs and dual operators, and on semantics in general. Löbner is heading the interdisciplinary Coordinated Research Centre 991 on ‘The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science’ financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
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