Pure quotation and general compositionality

Linguistics and Philosophy 33 (5):381-415 (2010)
Abstract
Starting from the familiar observation that no straightforward treatment of pure quotation can be compositional in the standard (homomorphism) sense, we introduce general compositionality, which can be described as compositionality that takes linguistic context into account. A formal notion of linguistic context type is developed, allowing the context type of a complex expression to be distinct from those of its constituents. We formulate natural conditions under which an ordinary meaning assignment can be non-trivially extended to one that is sensitive to context types and satisfies general compositionality. As our main example we work out a Fregean treatment of pure quotation, but we also indicate that the method applies to other kinds of context, e.g. intensional contexts
Keywords Quotation  Compositionality  General Compositionality  Linguistic context
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Herman Cappelen & Ernest Lepore, Quotation. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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Paul Saka (2013). Quotation. Philosophy Compass 8 (10):935-949.
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