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Katz-Fodor-semantics is the first semantic theory that was proposed in the framework of generative grammar, in Katz & Fodor (1963). It assumed a semantic component that assigns semantic representations to lexical items and, by means of recursive 'projection rules', to phrases and sentences. Semantic representations are concepts which are built up from semantic primitives.


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