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COMPOSITIONALITY An Essential Ingredient of Meaning Samir Karmakar Meaning in western tradition develops under the general notion of semantics in some different way Whenever we are discussing about the meaning of a word our basic inclination is to delimit our enquiry under the notion of whatness But because of being a locus of infinite qualifications the object of our enquiry always remains out of our reach in this situation Not a single answer is competent enough to explain the meaning of a word Moreover for a long time we have some kind of bad faith that meaning of a particular word is always in equivalence relation with its objective counterpart It is not a long time back when we come to know about the fact that meaning of a word or a higher construction is not at all identical with its objective reality That means the mental impression which we consider as meaning is a mode of representation of its corresponding reality Therefore for the first time our vortex of enquiry has shifted from the question What it is to How it is The meaning of the a particular sign ie word or higher level construction can only be explored by examining the manner or the way which is followed by it to come into the existence It is the manner or the way which determines the compositional potentiality of word or any higher construction This fact is first brought into the light in its crude form by well-known scholar Frege The meaning of a constituent part can be successfully revealed by determining its position and relation with respect to the whole Basically the task of the meaning is not to signify something of the objective reality but to explore the causal path by which it comes into existence Now to explain the causal path as a modus operendi modes of operation or function leading towards the modus essendi modes of existence
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