Meaning and Relations

  • Gaetano Fiorin
  • Denis Delfitto
Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 25)


In this chapter, we present a compositional analysis, in the framework of Montague grammar, of the meaning of transitive verbs and the declarative sentences to which they give rise. Pivotal to this result is the analysis of the characteristic function of the sets denoted by transitive verbs as functions of functions, that is, functions that are satisfied by two cyclic applications of an input value.


Model-theoretic natural language semantics Montague grammar Functional application Transitive verbs Currying 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gaetano Fiorin
    • 1
  • Denis Delfitto
    • 2
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of VeronaVeronaItaly

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