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Learnable Languages and the Compositionality Requirement

Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig

in Donald Davidson

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199251346
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602634 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251347.003.0002
 Learnable Languages and the Compositionality Requirement

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Discusses the requirement that an adequate theory of meaning give a constructive account of the meanings of sentences in natural languages, that is, an account of how the meanings of sentences and their complex parts are understood ultimately on the basis of a finite number of semantical primitives and a finite number of rules for their composition.

Keywords: compositionality; knowledge of language; learnability; semantical primitives; theory of meaning

Chapter.  6260 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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