Roles and the compositional semantics of role-denoting relational adjectives

  • Curt Anderson
  • Sebastian Löbner

Abstract

The semantics of adjectives related to nominals denoting societal roles, such as presidential (from president), have remained understudied. We examine the semantics of what we call role-denoting relational adjectives, providing a formal analysis using the notion of a frame, a unified representation for lexical knowledge, world knowledge, and context. The frames we propose are based on a constructivist philosophical understanding of social roles, leading us to posit a multi-tiered ontology of events and individuals. Using frames and our ontology, we provide a general semantics for role-denoting relational adjectives and roles.
Published
2019-05-15
How to Cite
Anderson, C., & Löbner, S. (2019). Roles and the compositional semantics of role-denoting relational adjectives. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(1), 91-108. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/80