Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Compositionality, linguistics, language philosophy: the thesis (originally by G. Frege) that the meaning of composite expressions, e.g. sentences, results from the meanings of the parts. It follows that a change of the parts, e.g. replacement of a single word by another, can change the meaning of the entire composite structure. See also Frege principle.

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Def Functional Compositional Semantics/Compositionality/Structure/Propositional Attitudes/Cresswell: E.g. - Def Meaning/Functionally Compositional/Cresswell: "5 + 7" is the result of the fact that we let the function that is the meaning of the plus sign "+" (i.e. the operation of addition) operate on the two numbers 5 and 7.
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Compositionality/Cresswell: choosing compositional semantics was motivated by the fact that there is a close connection between meaning and reference.
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Non-Functional Compositional/Semantics/Katz/Cresswell: such a semantics was presented by Katz - but he expects that truth and reference have no place in a semantic theory.

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M. J. Cresswell
Semantical Essays (Possible worlds and their rivals) Dordrecht Boston 1988

M. J. Cresswell
Structured Meanings Cambridge Mass. 1984

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