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Indexicality, Context, and the Principle of Compositionality

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2014, 45(), pp.185-212
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

KIM JINUNG 1

1연세대 언어정보연구원 HK사업단

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ABSTRACT

Formal semantics is based on the system in which the semantic value of proposition is decided according to the model. In addition, The content consisting of proposition is controlled by linguistic rules. This procedure falls into semantics. The content related to context is controlled by a speaker's intent. This belongs to pragmatics. The principle of compositionality says that the meaning of a whole is meanings of parts. In fact, both descriptivism and referentialism cannot fully explain the indexicality. There are two main reasons. Descriptivism cannot decide the semantic value of indexicals because they are the content of proposition and are also affected by context. On the other hand, referentialism is restricted by the doctrine that the meaning of indexical should come from the referent. We conclude that indexicality and the principle of compositionality can be appropriately explained by adopting the context as an extra argument.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.