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Use-Conditional MeaningStudies in Multidimensional Semantics$
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Daniel Gutzmann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723820.001.0001

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Previous approaches to multidimensional meaning

Previous approaches to multidimensional meaning

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Use-Conditional Meaning
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Daniel Gutzmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723820.003.0003

Potts’s (2005) logic ℒCI provides an influential, multidimensional semantic approach to expressive content. Since multidimensionality is one of the key aspects of hybrid semantics, his formal framework offers a good starting place for developing a formal logic for use-conditional meaning. This chapter presents and reviews ℒCI in detail, assessing its ability to deal with various UCIs. Since ℒCI proves to be too restrictive, the chapter continues by conducting a review of McCready’s (2010) extension that introduces new types and composition rules. As the assessment shows, it can deal with all kinds of UCI, but still has problems with some of the other constructions and use-conditional modification. The conclusion addresses an issue of compositionality that is common to both variants of the logic and which is rooted in the specific way the two dimensions are treated.

Keywords:   multidimensional semantics, expressive content, formal framework, types, composition rules, use-conditional modification, compositionality

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