Empirical Challenges and Analytical Alternatives to Strict Compositionality
Lecturer(s):Frank Richter (Universität Tübingen) and Manfred Sailer (Universität Tübingen)
Section:Logic and Language
Time: 17.00-18.30 (Slot 4)
Room:EM 3.06


Compositionality has been a key methodological theme in natural language
semantics. Recently, a number of innovative systems for combinatorial
semantics have been proposed which seem not to obey compositionality at
first sight. Such systems are based on unification, underspecification,
linear logic or categorial grammar, to name the most prominent research
areas. The motivation behind these systems is often computational, but the
mechanisms they employ also provide new insights and analytical
alternatives for outstanding problems in the combinatorial semantics of
natural languages. These include scope ambiguities, multiple exponents of
semantic operators, cohesion, ellipsis, coordination, and modifier
attachment ambiguities.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers whose interests lie in
empirical issues or logic. We wish to invite papers discussing linguistic
data which pose a challenge to compositionality as well as papers
presenting new mechanisms for defining a compositional semantics which can
address well-known challenges in innovative ways.


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