Research on Language and Computation

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 53–77

Is Adjunction Compositional?


DOI: 10.1007/s11168-008-9045-7

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Kracht, M. Res on Lang and Comput (2008) 6: 53. doi:10.1007/s11168-008-9045-7


This paper shows that there is no compositional TAG for boolean expressions. This indicates that adjunction cannot carry the weight of constructing the semantics compositionally, in contrast to approaches based on discontinuity instead (like Linear Context Free Rewrite Systems). Although the proof is based on the assumption that the semantic functions are partial it seems highly unlikely that allowing partial semantic functions will help.


Compositionality Adjunction TAG 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUCLALos AngelesUSA

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