There is overlap in letters: a mereological definition of word types

Synthese 200 (2):1-17 (2022)
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Abstract

Classical mereology seems unable to characterise the identity conditions of word types. For example, the same letter types ordered differently result in different word types; but mereological fusions of the same letters are identical, regardless of the order of the letters. We show, however, that by combining classical mereology with plural logic one can give a definition of word types that satisfies the identity criteria of word types. This means that it is not necessary to abandon classical mereology in order to give an analysis of the mereological structure of word types.

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Massimiliano Carrara
University of Padua
Jeroen Smid
University of Amsterdam

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