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By Federica Busa, Pierrette Bouillon

This quantity is a suite of unique contributions that tackle the matter of phrases and their which means. This represents a nonetheless tough and arguable zone inside numerous disciplines: linguistics, philosophy, and synthetic intelligence. even supposing all of those disciplines need to take on the difficulty, to date there isn't any overarching method agreed upon via researchers. the purpose of the quantity is to supply solutions in line with empirical linguistics tools which are appropriate throughout all of the disciplines and supply a bridge between researchers taking a look at observe that means from various angles.

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This sets the context in which to view how a naturalistic theory of language makes sense of the creativity observations. A deterministic theory, operating with innate features, shows how the language faculty can produce endless numbers of interest-relevant perspectives. Given that these are properties of the language faculty and its outputs, we can make sense of the creativity observations. The point is like one Chomsky made early in Language and Mind (1972, p. 13) where he pointed out that it could not be an aim of a linguistic theory to explain linguistic behavior, a paradigm case of intelligent behavior.

With one exception, these are familiar from discussions in lexical semantics dating as far back as Katz and Fodor (1963). Consonant with our overall project, we propose to discuss them relatively briefly, putting aside the ones that are motivated either by IRS or by other assumptions what we regard as tendentious. This will leave for section 3 to consider what we take to be JP's main line of argument and the main contribution of his book: the claim that only if lexical entries are typically complex can the generativity of the lexicon be captured - a fortiori, that an atomistic lexicon would fail to explain "how words can take on an infinite number of meanings in novel contexts" (p.

The features of book, for example, allow that this single lexical item, in its various possible configurations (accusative, nominative, singular, plural), can be "read" as referring to either a physical object or an abstract container of information, or both. info] migrates to SEM along with the other features of the lexical item, oblivious to various merges and moves (although words with which it co-occurs might serve to skew interpretations in Downloaded from University Publishing Online. 250 on Tue Jan 24 20:37:34 GMT 2012.

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