The semantics of syntactic structures.

  title={The semantics of syntactic structures.},
  author={Edward Kako and Laura J. Wagner},
  journal={Trends in cognitive sciences},
  volume={5 3},
Over the past 15 years, both linguists and psycholinguists have shown a growing interest in the idea that syntactic structures can carry meanings that are independent of the meanings of specific words. This article considers how this idea relates to traditional notions of compositionality in generative grammar, and examines two modern theories that, although based on different starting assumptions, both readily allow syntactic structures to bear independent meaning. We review work from… CONTINUE READING