6. Depiction and Composition

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November 29, 2016

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Ben Blumson, « 6. Depiction and Composition », Open Book Publishers, ID : 10670/1.h61uuv


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Language has compositional structure. The meaning of ‘Theaetetus flies’ for example depends on the meaning of ‘Theaetetus’, the meaning of ‘flies’ and the order in which they are concatenated. In general, the meaning of a sentence depends on the meanings and arrangement of its parts. In contrast, depiction is supposed to lack compositional structure. The Mona Lisa for example is supposed not to be divisible into parts in the way that ‘Theaetetus flies’ is divisible into ‘Theaetetus’ and ‘flie...

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