- 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 ideas of contextuality and of compositionality were discussed at the beginnings of the nineteenth century in Germany, but the contextuality was the significant one. In 1880, Wundt published a work called Logik, comprising two volumes, which evolved to the German standard text on logic. Gottlob Frege, a German mathematician, logician, and philosopher, presented (in 1884) contextuality as his basic principle; his solution of the foundational problems is based upon it, he meant the principle literally, and would have rejected compositionality. He introduced the distinction between sense and reference in his paper, “Über Sinn und Bedeutung” in 1892. He did not accept the notion the reference of an expression; instead, his approach is based upon the notion the reference of an expression in a given sentence. In the period before Tarski, logics were regarded as deductive theories. Tarski made an important step with his paper on “Truth in formalized languages,” in which he characterized the notion of a true sentence in a purely semantic way.
Theo Janssen (PhD 1976) is professor of Dutch language and linguistics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he is the head of the Linguistic Research master's program (http://www.let.vu.nl/master/linguistics/). His research interests concentrate on the field of semantics, particularly deixis (demonstratives and tense). His publications include The Function of Tense in Texts (edited with Jadranka Gvozdanović, 1991); Reported Speech: Forms and Functions of the Verb (edited with Wim van der Wurff, 1996); Cognitive Linguistics: Foundations, Scope, and Methodology (edited with Gisela Redeker, 1999); and “Deixis and Reference” in Morphologie / Morphology (2004). He has been involved with Cognitive Linguistics since the founding of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association in 1989. Since 1990, he has been a consulting editor of the journal Cognitive Linguistics. Together with Gisela Redeker, he organized the 1997 International Cognitive Linguistics Conference at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. More information on Janssen can be found at http://www.let.vu.nl/staf/thajm.janssen.
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