Compositional semantics signifies a system of constructing logical forms for sentences or parts of sentences in such a way that the meanings of the components of the sentence (or phrase) are used to construct the meanings of the whole sentence (or whole phrase). For example, in "three brown dogs", the meaning of the phrase is constructed in an obvious way from the meanings of three, brown anddogs. By way of contrast, a phrase like "kick the bucket" (when read as meaning "die") does not have compositional semantics, as the meaning of the whole ("die") is unrelated to the meanings of the component words.
The semantic system described in COMP9414 assumes compositional semantics.
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