I have benefited from several exchanges with Tomoji Shogenji, as well as helpful commentary on previous drafts by Andy Clark, Martin Davies, Norton Nelkin, Josefa Toribio, and two anonymous reviewers for Mind and Language.
Content, Context, and Compositionality
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Mind & Language
Volume 10, Issue 1-2, pages 3–24, March 1995
How to Cite
BUTLER, K. (1995), Content, Context, and Compositionality. Mind & Language, 10: 3–24. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.1995.tb00003.x
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Abstract: This paper addresses the question of whether mental representations are compositional. Several researchers have claimed recently that there are empirical data that show mental representations to be context-sensitive in a way that threatens compositionality. Some have then gone on to claim that connectionist encoding schemes are well suited to accommodate such noncom-positionality. I argue here that the data do not show that mental representations are noncompositional, and that there are significant problems with the suggested interpretations of connectionist encoding schemes.