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Compositionality

  • Marcus KrachtEmail author
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Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 89)

Abstract

In this chapter, a second component is added to the grammars, that of meanings. A new notion of grammar appears on the scene, that of a bigrammar. Bigrammars interpret the modes by two functions, one for the formation of the expressions, another for the formation of the meanings. Various notions of independence of these two planes are being discussed. Autonomy of syntax means that expression formation proceeds independently of the meaning, and compositionality means that meaning formation proceeds independently of the expressions. The partiality of the composition functions allows to divide the explanatory burden between semantics and syntax in often arbitrary ways. Further, strong generative capacity is linked to the language as relation, while weak capacity only deals with the string language. It is shown that there exist weakly context free languages that are not strongly context free.

Keywords

Interpreted Language Compositionality Autonomy of Syntax Bigrammar Generative Capacity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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