Categorial grammar and the semantics of contextual prepositional phrases

Linguistics and Philosophy 29 (4):381 - 417 (2006)
The paper proposes a semantics for contextual (i.e., Temporal and Locative) Prepositional Phrases (CPPs) like during every meeting, in the garden, when Harry met Sally and where I’m calling from. The semantics is embodied in a multi-modal extension of Combinatory Categoral Grammar (CCG). The grammar allows the strictly monotonic compositional derivation of multiple correct interpretations for “stacked” or multiple CPPs, including interpretations whose scope relations are not what would be expected on standard assumptions about surfacesyntactic command and monotonic derivation. A type-hierarchy of functional modalities plays a crucial role in the specification of the fragment.
Keywords Temporal and locative semantics  Combinatory categorial grammar  Scope  Surface-compositional semantics  Temporal and locative modifiers
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