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19. Language / C. Semantics / 8. Compositionality

[sentence meaning as built up from its components]

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Compositionality explains how long sentences work, and truth conditions are the main compositional feature [Lycan on Davidson]
If you assign semantics to sentence parts, the sentence fails to compose a whole [Davidson]
Encountering novel sentences shows conclusively that meaning must be compositional [Peacocke]
The content of an assertion can be quite different from compositional content [Yablo]
Negative existentials with compositionality make the whole sentence meaningless [Read]
Weaker compositionality says meaningful well-formed sentences get the meaning from the parts [Magidor]
Strong compositionality says meaningful expressions syntactically well-formed are meaningful [Magidor]
Understanding unlimited numbers of sentences suggests that meaning is compositional [Magidor]