interpretive semantics

interpretive semantics

n
(Grammar) (functioning as singular) a school of semantic theory based on the doctrine that the rules that relate sentences to their meanings form an autonomous system, separate from the rules that determine what is grammatical in a language. Compare generative semantics
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This is, furthermore, of course the inescapable conclusion of Chomskyan interpretive semantics (IS), as opposed to the generative semantics (GS) view of the 1960's and 1970's.
The rebels, and the converts they attracted, fought under the banner of 'Generative Semantics' (for which Lakoff claims the copyright), while Chomsky's troops regrouped under 'Interpretive Semantics'.

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