Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Interpreted Languages and Compositionality

Authors: Kracht, Marcus

  • This volume represents compositionality as a cornerstone of linguistic theory
  • Introduces a new theory of formal languages
  • Explores in great detail the technical aspects of compositionality
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This book argues that languages are composed of sets of ‘signs’, rather than ‘strings’. This notion, first posited by de Saussure in the early 20th century, has for decades been neglected by linguists, particularly following Chomsky’s heavy critiques of the 1950s. Yet since the emergence of formal semantics in the 1970s, the issue of compositionality has gained traction in the theoretical debate, becoming a selling point for linguistic theories.

Yet the concept of ‘compositionality’ itself remains ill-defined, an issue this book addresses. Positioning compositionality as a cornerstone in linguistic theory, it argues that, contrary to widely held beliefs, there exist non-compositional languages, which shows that the concept of compositionality has empirical content. The author asserts that the existence of syntactic structure can flow from the fact that a compositional grammar cannot be delivered without prior agreement on the syntactic structure of the constituents.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interpreted Languages and Compositionality
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
89
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2108-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2108-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2107-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3756-3
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 214
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