Word Meaning

[New Entry by Luca Gasparri and Diego Marconi on June 2, 2015.] Word meaning has played a somewhat marginal role in early contemporary philosophy of language, which was primarily concerned with the
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[New Entry by Luca Gasparri and Diego Marconi on June 2, 2015.] Word meaning has played a somewhat marginal role in early contemporary philosophy of language, which was primarily concerned with the structural features of sentences and showed less interest in the format of lexical representations and in the nature of the word-level input to compositional processes. Nowadays, it is well-established that the way we account for word meaning is bound to have a major impact in tipping the balance in favor or against a given picture of the fundamental properties of human language. This entry provides an overview of the way issues related to lexical meaning have...

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