Meaning postulate

From Glottopedia
Revision as of 16:26, 6 October 2007 by Haspelmath (talk | contribs) (from Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

A meaning postulate is a device used in logical semantics to stipulate semantic relations between lexical items. Meaning postulates were introduced in Carnap (1947) in order to account for the fact that a sentence like (i) is an analytic truth, true in every model. The meaning postulate in (ii) captures this analyticity:

  • (i) Bachelors are unmarried
  • (ii) For all x, if x is a bachelor, then x is unmarried

Meaning postulates can be seen as an alternative for decomposition of word meaning (see componential analysis). They are extensively used in Montague Grammar.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Carnap 1947
  • Gamut, L.T.F. (1991) Logic, language, and meaning, Univ. of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Other languages

German Bedeutungspostulat