|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._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
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|Horwich I 59
Compositionality/R.Cartwright: E.g. addition, 2 and 3 are no "components" of "2 + 3 = 5" - therefore not a case of compositionality in the strict sense - although there is an arithmetic operation which brings 2 and 3 in a relation. - -Function is actually almost always present and is therefore trivial in terms of compositionality.
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How the laws of physics lie Oxford New York 1983
Ontology and the theory of meaning Chicago 1954
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Theories of Truth Aldershot 1994