Composition A Lity In Montague Grammar

Marcus Kracht

in The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199541072
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Composition A Lity In Montague Grammar


The most popular version of linguistic semantics was Generative at the time of the publication of Montague's papers. Generative Semantics did semantics essentially in a syntactic fashion: meanings were bits of representation, like CAUSE, BECOME, and RED, and were combined in a tree that was subject to transformations. The analysis offered by Montague uses some non-standard mechanisms for handling strings. One is arbitrary insertion, and the other is the use of deletion. One problem area of Montague grammar is the idea of type raising. Montague did not think of raising as rules but rather assumed raised types to begin with. In order to allow names to be coordinated with ordinary noun phrases (NPs), Montague assumed that the semantics of names is similar to that of NPs.

Keywords: linguistic semantics; Montague grammar; type raising; noun phrases; Lambek Calculus

Article.  7851 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Semantics

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