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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 ambiguities, and the inference behavior of lexical items. The article sketches the early theoretical development from noun-oriented 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 definitions, problems concerning the interpretability of decompositions, and the debate about the cognitive status of decompositions.

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Author:Stefan EngelbergORCiDGND
ISBN:9783110368505 (Online)
Parent Title (English):Semantics. Foundations, history, and methods
Publisher:De Gruyter Mouton
Place of publication:Berlin [u.a.]
Editor:Klaus von Heusinger, Claudia Maienborn, Paul Portner
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2019
Date of Publication (online):2019/02/26
Tag:lexcial decomposition
GND Keyword:Dekomposition; Lexikologie; Semasiologie
First Page:156
Last Page:181
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International