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date: 20 June 2019

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This chapter considers the part semantics plays in Universal Grammar. The core cases considered incude principles of semantic computation, the realisation of arguments and the place of truth and reference, especially with respect to anaphora. The chapter highlights the cenral part of Merge in the construction of structure and meaning and extends it to the construction of lexical items and the lexicon where attention is paid not only to the way lexical items are constructed (by Merge) but also the ways in which they are taken apart in derivations again by Merge (self-Merge).

Keywords: semantics, functional application, argument structure, functional hierarchy, Merge, self-Merge, truth, reference, indices, pragmatism

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