Chapter

Phrasal Semantics

Ray Jackendoff

in Foundations of Language

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780198270126
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191713255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270126.003.0012
 Phrasal Semantics

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This chapter develops a theory of phrasal composition, again much richer than usually assumed. In particular, the theory states that the meaning of a sentence consists of more than the meanings of its words combined according to syntactic structure. It separates phrasal and sentential semantics into a number of tiers, along the lines of phonological tiers, each of which contributes a different sort of information to the meaning.

Keywords: composition; referential tier; information structure tier; phrasal semantics; Universal Grammar

Chapter.  16423 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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