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Lexical decomposition: foundational issues

  • Theories of lexical decomposition assume that lexical meanings are complex. This complexity is expressed in structured meaning representations that usually consist of predicates, arguments, operators, and other elements of propositional and predicate logic. Lexical decomposition has been used to explain phenomena such as argument linking, selectional restrictions, lexical-semantic relations, scope ambiguites, and the inference behavior of lexical items. The article sketches the early theoretical development from nounoriented semantic feature theories to verb-oriented complex decompositions. It also deals with a number of theoretical issues, including the controversy between decompositional and atomistic approaches to meaning, the search for semantic primitives, the function of decompositions as defi nitions, problems concerning the interpretability of decompositions, and the debate about the cognitive status of decompositions.

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Author:Stefan EngelbergORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Semantics: an international handbook of natural language meaning. Volume 1
Series (Serial Number):Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (33,1)
Publisher:De Gruyter
Place of publication:Berlin [u.a.]
Editor:Claudia Maienborn, Klaus von Heusinger, Paul Portner
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2011
Date of Publication (online):2014/07/01
GND Keyword:Dekomposition; Semantik
First Page:124
Last Page:144
Dieser Beitrag ist aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen nicht frei zugänglich.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 410 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
Open Access?:nein
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt