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Author Jacobson, Pauline I., 1947- author.

Title Compositional semantics : an introduction to the syntax/semantics interface / Pauline Jacobson
Edition First edition
Published Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource
Series Oxford textbooks in linguistics
Oxford textbooks in linguistics.
Contents Cover; Compositional Semantics: An Introduction to the Syntax/Semantics Interface; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Foreword: On Using this Book; PART I: Foundational Concepts: Building a Fragment; 1: Introduction; 1.1. Goals; 1.1.1. Compositional semantics and (some of) the goals of semantic theory; 1.1.2. Direct Compositionality-and its role in this text; 1.2. A brief note on the history of semantics within modern linguistic theory; 1.3. The notion of a "fragment" and its use in this text; *1.4. An intriguing puzzle; 1.5. Appendix: Sets and Functions
1.5.1. Sets, members, and subsets1.5.2. Union, intersection, and complement; 1.5.3. Ordered pairs, relations, equivalence relations, and partitions; 1.5.4. Functions; 2: Semantic foundations; 2.1. Model-theoretic semantics; 2.2. Truth conditions; 2.3. Possible worlds; 2.3.1. Introducing the notion; 2.3.2. Characteristic function of a set; 2.3.3. Notation and terminology; 2.3.4. Talking about worlds; 2.4. Times; 3: Compositionality, Direct Compositionality, and the syntax/semantics interface; 3.1. Building a fragment: First steps; 3.2. Implicatures vs truth conditions
3.3. Folding in worlds (and times)3.4. Negation: A first pass; 4: Expanding the fragment: Syntactic categories and semantic types; 4.1. Noun phrases; 4.2. Intransitive verbs/verb phrases; 4.3. A brief look at lexical semantics; 4.4. Back to the compositional semantics; 4.5. Illustrating the syntactic/semantic composition; 5: Transitive verbs: Resolving an apparent syntax/semantics mismatch; 5.1. First pass: Straw Man's solution; 5.2. Abandoning Direct Compositionality; 5.3. Hidden S conjunction?; 5.4. Back to the drawing board: Curry'ed functions
5.4.1. Recasting the meaning of transitive verbs*5.4.2. Currying more generally; 5.4.3. Solving Straw Man's problems; *5.5. A note on three-place verbs; 6: Categorial Grammar; 6.1. Basics; 6.2. Syntax/semantics correspondence; 6.3. Refinements; *6.4. Some further observations about syntax: Case marking and agreement; 6.5. Further generalizing the rules; 6.6. and, or, negation, and case-marking prepositions; 6.7. Summary: The fragment so far; 7: The autonomy of syntax?; 7.1. Good syntax-bad semantics; 7.2. Bad syntax-good semantics; 8: Adjectives, nouns, determiners, and more
8.1. Predicative adjectives8.2. Nouns ("common nouns"); 8.3. the; 8.4. Prenominal adjectives and unary rules; 8.4.1. An additional binary rule?; 8.4.2. Interlude: Unary rules ("type shift" rules; morphological rules); 8.4.3. Back to adjectives; 8.4.4. Are all noun modifier adjectives intersective?; 8.5. Relational nouns; 8.6 Summary: The fragment so far; 9: Interlude: The semantics of variables and the lambda calculus; 9.1. First-order predicate logic (modified); 9.1.1. Variables; 9.1.2. Quantifiers; 9.2. The lambda calculus; 9.2.1. Lambda abstraction; 9.2.2. Lambda conversion
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Ebsco, viewed October 2, 2014)
Subject Compositionality (Linguistics)
Compositionality (Linguistics)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191664839