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date: 23 September 2019

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This article provides an introduction to Kaplan-style semantics. The formal semantics usually employs the notion of a model, which, besides supplying the sets utterance contexts, circumstances and a domain M0 of individuals, and also interprets the nonlogical atomic expressions of the language. Standard compositionality applies only to character: Funct (char) makes immediate sense, since character assigns a semantic value directly to expressions. For semantic functions taking contextual arguments, the notion of compositionality must be revised. Notions of contextual compositionality apply directly to the functional version of the setup that starts with the function char, and defines the other semantics from it. The point of evaluation semantics is indeed basic: if it is (weakly) compositional, so is the content semantics, and the character semantics.

Keywords: Kaplan-style semantics, formal semantics, standard compositionality, semantic functions, character semantics

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