Direct Compositionality

Paperback | March 1, 2007

EditorChris Barker, Pauline Jacobson

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This book examines the hypothesis of "direct compositionality, which requires that semantic interpretation proceed in tandem with syntactic combination. Although associated with the dominant view in formal semantics of the 1970s and 1980s, the feasibility of direct compositionality remainedunsettled, and more recently the discussion as to whether or not this view can be maintained has receded. The syntax-semantics interaction is now often seen as a process in which the syntax builds representations which, at the abstract level of logical form, are sent for interpretation to thesemantics component of the language faculty. In the first extended discussion of the hypothesis of direct compositionality for twenty years, this book considers whether its abandonment might have been premature and whether in fact direct compositionality is not after all a simpler and more effectiveconception of the grammar than the conventional account of the syntax-semantics interface in generative grammar. It contains contributions from both sides of the debate, locates the debate in the setting of a variety of formal theories, and draws on examples from a range of languages and a range ofempirical phenomena.

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This book examines the hypothesis of "direct compositionality, which requires that semantic interpretation proceed in tandem with syntactic combination. Although associated with the dominant view in formal semantics of the 1970s and 1980s, the feasibility of direct compositionality remainedunsettled, and more recently the discussion as...

Chris Barker is Associate Professor of Linguistics at New York University. He has held positions at a number of universities, including 10 years at UCSD. His 1991 UCSC PhD thesis, Possessive Descriptions, was published in 1995 by CSLI, Stanford. He is the co-founder of semanticsarchive.net, and is co-editor of Oxford Surveys in Sema...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199204381

ISBN - 13:9780199204380

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1. Chris Barker and Pauline Jacobson: Introduction: Direct CompositionalityPart I Some Programmatic Issues2. David Dowty: Compositionality as an Empirical Problem3. Chris Barker: Direct Compositionality on Demand4. Chung-chieh Shan: Linguistic Side Effects5. Yoad Winter: Type Shifting with Semantic Features: a Unified PerspectivePart II Case Studies6. Pauline Jacobson: Direct Compositionality and Variable Free Semantics: the Case of "Principle B" Effects7. Ivano Caponigro and Daphna Heller: The Non Concealed Nature of Free Relatives: Implications for Connectivity in Specificational Sentences8. Maribel Romero: Connectivity in a Unified Analysis of Specificational Subjects and Concealed Questions9. Rajesh Bhatt and Roumyana Pancheva: Degree Quantifiers, Position of Merger Effects with their Restrictors, and Conservativity10. Yael Sharvit: Two Reconstruction PuzzlesPart III New Horizons11. Maria Bittner: Online Update: Temporal, Modal, and de sa Anaphora in Polysynthetic Discourse12. Christopher Potts: The Dimensions of QuotationIndex