Compositionality, Context and Semantic Values: Essays in by Sarah-Jane Leslie (auth.), Robert J. Stainton, Christopher

By Sarah-Jane Leslie (auth.), Robert J. Stainton, Christopher Viger (eds.)

Are usual languages surely compositional? What roles does context play in linguistic verbal exchange, and by way of what ability? particularly, does context intrude with the compositional selection of fact stipulations? What meanings should still theorists assign to sentences if compositionality is to be retained? those are the relevant questions of this significant quantity of latest philosophical essays in honour of Ernie Lepore.

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Once again, the uniqueness condition – essential for an account of “unless”-statements that do not occur under quantifiers – creates difficulties once we try to embed the statement under “no”. 2 A Modified Account of “Unless” Before we return to our main project of giving an account of “unless”-statements under quantifiers, let us consider how von Fintel’s account fares when there is an explicit adverb of quantification present in the “unless”-statement. Von Fintel (1992) formulates his account in general terms as follows: Q [C – R] [M] & ∀S (Q [C – S] [M] → R ⊆ S) where “Q” is the relevant quantifier – either a covert universal as before, or an adverb of quantification that explicitly occurs in the sentence.

They can, however, be analyzed by way of taking the “unless”statement to restrict the quantifier, albeit in a somewhat complex manner. We have seen, though, that an adequate account of unquantified “unless”-statements extends naturally to accommodate quantified “unless”-statements. 5 Conclusion A uniform semantic analysis of “if” and “unless” embedded under quantifiers is possible. These constructions thus do not pose a threat to the thesis that natural language is semantically compositional. The semantics of these statements is not, however, a straightforward matter.

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