Are Logical Languages Compositional?

Studia Logica 101 (6):1319-1340 (2013)


In this paper I argue that in contrast to natural languages, logical languages typically are not compositional. This does not mean that the meaning of expressions cannot be determined at all using some well-defined set of rules. It only means that the meaning of an expression cannot be determined without looking at its form. If one is serious about the compositionality of a logic, the only possibility I see is to define it via abstraction from a variable free language

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Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations.Moshe Machover - 1996 - Cambridge University Press.
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