From Sentence Meanings to Full Semantics

  • Wilfrid Hodges
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 352)


Many questions about meaning are straightforwardly empirical, like the question whether “Gift” means the same in German as it does in English. Other questions about meaning are more abstract: for example the question whether in metaphors a word acquires a new meaning, or simply contributes its meaning in a different way to a phrase containing it. This is a question about the architecture of our preferred semantic theory, and perhaps not a question about facts at all. For some theories of language the notion of meaning, like the notion of cause in physics, vanishes altogether when we reach fundamentals.


Semantic Theory Constituent Structure Categorial Grammar Compositional Semantic Truth Definition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queen Mary, University of LondonLondonUK

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